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Housing crisis: the Ponant Islands also want to surtax second homes

2023-10-13T08:54:59.926Z

Highlights: The mayors of the Ponant Islands, as well as the Association Les Îles du Ponant, are in favour of an increase in the housing tax for second homes. "The objective is not to fight against second homes," says Denis Bredin, president of the AIP, "but to free up resources to solve the increasingly complex problem of year-round housing" The example of Ushant, in North Finistère, is glaring. The municipality has already bought more than twenty houses to alleviate this problem, and work is underway to develop a handful of apartments.


The mayors and the Association Les Îles du Ponant, where it is now difficult to live all year round, are in favour of an increase of


The problem of second homes also affects the Ponant Islands. Far from the mainland (especially those in Finistère), they are always looking for a certain autonomy to survive "all year round", and not only in the summer season.

Also, since their recent meeting on the island of Houat (Morbihan), the mayors of the Ponant Islands, as well as the Association Les Îles du Ponant (AIP)*, have decided to position themselves very clearly in favour of an increase in the housing tax for second homes. "The objective is not to fight against second homes," says Denis Bredin, president of the AIP, "but to free up resources to solve the increasingly complex problem of year-round housing."

Ushant has been buying houses

The example of Ushant, in North Finistère, is glaring. "We have year-round jobs to fill, but we don't have housing to accommodate our workers... The municipality has already bought more than twenty houses to alleviate this problem, and work is underway to develop a handful of apartments in the near future. But will it be enough? "Regarding the housing tax for second homes, Ushant has opted for a tax on the municipal share at 50%; Belle-Île and Bréhat at 60%, adds Denis Bredin. Be careful, this is indeed the municipal share of the tax, we are not on the whole tax, far from it. »

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As for Sein and Molène, the two little jewels of the Iroise Sea, still in Finistère, "it simply doesn't work". What for? "They don't have a land registry and therefore no property tax. No tax base, in short. Unable to set up this system. It will therefore be necessary to find other solutions to help finance new housing for the life of these two pretty "pebbles".

(*) Since 1971, the Association Les Îles du Ponant (AIP) has brought together elected officials and socio-professional leaders of the Islands: Mayors, Departmental Councillors, Deputies, Senators, representatives of Consular Chambers, Fisheries Committees, Tourist Offices, Transport Companies, Local Authorities, etc.

Source: leparis

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