The Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation (IHRU) will have powers to supervise lease agreements. The objective is to combat the informality of this market.
The information was advanced by the Secretary of State for Housing, Marina Gonçalves, in an interview with the newspaper Público and Renascença, released this Thursday.
The official explained that “a competence was created at the IHRU to inspect the lease rules”, which allows citizens to inform the institute about non-compliance with the lease rules. On the other hand, it remains “to define what is the procedure when these cases happen ”.
According to the Secretary of State, there was a weak adherence to the financing lines created by the IHRU to help pay housing rents due to the pandemic. At stake are “the management of household income and [o facto de] people prefer to pay their rent and have no burden“; it’s at “market informality lease”, Which“ implies that people cannot access the instruments ”.
“Many elements are no longer required to access the application, nor is a lease agreement required, just an income receipt. And it doesn’t. I think this explains why a lot of people did not access the program. And even among those who accessed it, 24.5% of the rejection cases have to do with the lack of proof contract ”, he explained.
According to Marina Gonçalves, the Government is “working to intensify this IHRU competence, articulating with the competences of other entities that allow us to assess these informal situations”, namely the Tax Authority (AT).
The Secretary of State also admitted that there is an “inspection void”, since the only entity that does so is the Tax Authority (AT), “depending on what you are getting to know”, being able to “identify what is a formal contract or not”. The reinforcement of this competence on the part of the IHRU may “even be based on a communication logic” to the AT.
The official acknowledged that the measure “can be misinterpreted, because it may seem that we are looking to reinforce tax revenue, and it has nothing to do with it ”.
Asked about the financing of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) for housing policies, Marina Gonçalves acknowledged that it will not be enough to execute programs such as the First Law or the Public Grant for Accessible Leasing, but he guaranteed that the Government is studying financing alternatives.
Maria Campos, ZAP //