The winter break will end next week, opening the door to many rental evictions. Homeowners will therefore be able to speed up procedures to evict tenants who no longer pay their rent.
The winter break is about to end. This period, dreaded by owners, suspend eviction proceedings in case of unpaid rent. It thus temporarily protects tenants who have no alternative accommodation.
A less well-known detail, during the winter break, energy suppliers have no no right to cut off the electricity and gas supply consumers. And this, even if they have stopped paying their bills. The same goes for water.
What steps can the owner take during the truce?
Despite the impossibility of obtaining an eviction judgment during this entire period, the owner retains the possibility of initiating a rental eviction procedure. It may in particular:
- File a complaint at the police station;
- Mandate a bailiff to give the tenant an order to pay;
- Request the termination of the lease and an eviction judgment.
The sooner these steps are completed, the sooner the owner can hope to recover his accommodation.
How long can an eviction procedure take?
Between the time when the lessor (landlord) begins the eviction process and the day when the police are authorized to evict the tenants, there may be a period from 6 months to 2 years!
No extension of the truce in 2022
At the height of the health crisis, in 2020 and 2021, the government took the decision to extend the winter break by 3 months. This exceptional measure had made it possible to protect many households from the street.
But in 2022, this extension will not take place. Thus, the winter break, which began on 1er November 2021, will end on Thursday March 31, 2022.