The first meeting of the dialogue table was held between the Secretary of Internal Trade, Robert Feletti, real estate agents and tenants to discuss the problems caused by the lack of supply of properties for rent. The possibility of a tax on unused housing and the granting of benefits to owners in exchange for putting houses on the rental market were discussed.
Discussions on what to do with the problem of rent prices They continue. After the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Serge Massawould expect him to seek to introduce rental law changesDomestic trade prepares a superior proposal which takes into account the interests of the parties by favoring the situation of the tenants, although given the situation of the owners. The ultimate intention is that the table be called upon to work within the framework of the modification of the law.
During the meeting, the official said that the current scenario is characterized by the fact that “The landlord legitimately claims rent for his invested capital, the tenant cannot pay it, and there is no stability or predictability in the continuity of the contract”.
Given the mismatch that exists between the price at which landlords rent, the cost tenants can afford, and the insufficiency of property to rent, there are two strong propositions: the tax on idle accommodation and the benefit for owners who rent out their property.
Federation of tenants
From the Federation of tenantsexplain that “we are not saying that a person who has a home should pay more taxes. We propose that those with more than three dwellings pay this tax”according to Munoz. In turn, they argue that the real problem lies in the lack of regulation of the price of new rentals.
The secretary gave, after the meeting and in accordance with what was raised by the tenants, televised statements in which he stated that “We must use a tax instrument for those who have a lot of unoccupied housing, to force the supply and on the other hand, with regard to the possibility of fixing prices, there is a risk of withdrawal. We have to find a contractual mechanism that gives certainty to the tenant”.
Argentinian Real Estate Chamber
From the sidewalk opposite, the Argentinian Real Estate Chamber (CIA), determined to change the current tenancy law, proposes that to encourage supply, “create a benefit for landlords in return for putting homes on the rental market,” Bennazar said. The axis of the proposal is a reduction of rates and taxes (gross income). For the Real Estate Chamber, it is also important to review the duration of the contracts, which is currently 3 years, where the tenant can decide if he wishes a duration of one, two or three years.
The contracts have, to date, an annual update according to the index of rental contracts (ICL), which considers in equal parts the variation of inflation (IPC-Indec) and wages according to the average remuneration taxable. stable workers (Ripte). Another of the proposals that was put on the table during the meeting consists of favoring the RIPTE over the IPC in the LCI. Regarding this issue, from the CIA, they raise the need to implement different alternative clues. This implies that instead of having an annual adjustment index, there are at least two alternative indices every six months to reduce the impact of the increase..
Roberto Feletti’s request
Feletti asked all the organizations and associations present to send their proposals within the next week in order to hold a second meeting. Once received by the Ministry of Internal Trade, “We are going to process them, we are going to circulate them between everyone, we are going to communicate them to the Ministry of Territorial Development and Housing, and then we are going to reconvene a meeting” manifested.
The official stressed that “once consensus is reached between the parties on all the proposals to be implemented, the Secretariat will make them viable, working with the competent authorities, always with the aim of increasing the number of dwellings and facilitating access to tenants and tenants”.
By way of conclusion, he underlined that “it is necessary to achieve greater insertion of tenants, a higher level of housing and stability on the rental value, since currently housing represents a high percentage of income”. “Rent is part of the housing policy and it must be accessible”he concluded.
The Argentine Chamber of Real Estate, the Argentine Real Estate Federation, the Federation of Tenants, AFIP, the Undersecretary of Housing of the Province of Buenos Aires, the Union of Tenants of Chubut, CELS and the Under-Secretary for Institutional and Government Relations to the Chief of Staff.