On April 1, the rents of 376,000 households will rise by a hefty 8.6 percent. Nevertheless, a rent break is not coming.
For weeks, the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Greens had been negotiating about the rent break. Yesterday, the “compromise” was presented:
The housing subsidy will be increased by 250 million euros, 25 million of which will go into the “housing umbrella” against delogations.
The money does not flow automatically but must be applied for. According to ÖVP club leader Wöginger, the one-time payment will be about 200 euros per household.
Households can apply for the subsidy in the lower income quartile. According to the government, that is about one million.
Rauch appealed to potential recipients to come and collect the money: “This assistance is not a handout.”
Income limits for receipt are likely to vary. The reason: they are set by the states, which also pay out the aid.
Wöginger justified why the ÖVP opposed the rent brake by saying the model now chosen was “more socially just and more targeted.”
The subsidy will be decided today in the Finance Committee and next week in the National Council. The decision in the Bundesrat is then due in mid-April.
- source: heute.at/picture: pixabay.com
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