first eviction from social housing for a trafficker and his host

The social landlord Côte d’Azur Habitat has obtained from the courts to be able to launch a procedure for the eviction of a tenant, because her son is convicted of drug trafficking.

Justice has ruled. The Nice judicial court granted the request of the social landlord Côte d’Azur Habitat, which wanted to be able to evict the tenants from one of its HLM housing. At issue, a criminal conviction for drug trafficking and numerous damage to the building by one of the two tenants. Indeed, the lease of the apartment is in the name of the mother of the 19-year-old, who has just been sentenced to 20 months in prison. Both will be evicted, according to Côte d’Azur Habitat. The mother was also ordered to pay a fine of 500 euros.

« The Judicial Court considered that the existence and the seriousness of the disturbances were sufficiently reported to characterize the lack of peaceful enjoyment of the leased premises that any tenant, or any occupant of his head, must respect », Highlights Côte d’Azur Habitat.

As soon as he took office, at the end of July 2020, Anthony Borré, first deputy mayor of Nice and president of the Office of Côte d’Azur Habitat, had indicated that he would be intractable in the face of tenants who would commit crimes and incivility. For nearly a year, 72 similar proceedings have been initiated and other court decisions are expected to be announced in the coming days. Anthony Borré was delighted with this first on social networks:

« 22,000 social housing applicants are currently waiting in the metropolis. I want to show that social housing has to be earned. When you’re lucky enough to have one, the least you can do is to respect the laws of the Republic», He claimed in an interview with Le Figaro.

In April, the Nice town hall had an agreement voted with the Nice prosecutor’s office and the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture allowing Côte d’Azur Habitat to be informed of the criminal conviction of a tenant or a person living in his address and initiate a procedure. A decision that had caused controversy.

“Imagine the family with a teenager behaving badly”, asked the regional director of the Abbé Pierre Foundation, Florent Houdmon. “Is collective punishment the right answer? It is unfair and quite aberrant for the other occupants ”, not convicted but targeted by expulsion, even “irresponsible” according to him. “I am not denying the right to safety. There are families who suffer from the lack of police presence and prevention actions, but when this household has left their low-cost housing, we will find them elsewhere in degraded condominiums in the private park. The answer is in repression and prevention. Linking that to the right to housing is complicated ”, he said.

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