The Portuguese parliament approved the government’s housing bill on Wednesday evening, which obliges owners of empty houses to rent them. Only the ruling Socialist Party, which has a majority in the chamber, voted for the bill.
According to the project approved in March by the government of Antonio Costa as part of the law being processed by the chamber as the “More Housing” program, the owner of an apartment that has been empty for two years will have to make it available to the municipality so that it can find tenants.
The vacancy holder will have 90 days to submit an appropriate declaration to the local government. If he informs you that the apartment is not rented or fails to answer, the municipality will set a date for the start of the so-called. push rental and start looking for tenants on their own.
During the work on the final version of the act, the deputies agreed that summer houses and empty properties located in the Portuguese interior should not be considered vacant.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced that there are now over 1 million empty houses in the country.
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