By the end of this year, about 50 thousand more families who were till now out of it extraordinary income support Now this support will be available retrospectively from January this year. At stake are those families who, while meeting the requirements to access this aid, were previously unable to access this measure because they presented Attempt Rate over 100% With rental payment.
This information was provided this Thursday by Housing Minister Marina Goncalves, who is being heard in the Parliamentary Committee on Economy, Public Works, Planning and Housing as part of the discussion on the 2024 state budget.
“Tax authority, IHRU [Instituto da Habitação e da Reabilitação Urbana] and iss [Instituto da Segurança Social] Working on defining households that did not receive support”, the minister began, referring to cases of households with more than 100% effort rate in paying rent, whose income declarations for 2022 were analyzed as exceptional. This was to be done by the services responsible for income support.
“The support was being calculated based on new data from income declarations, these data have been calculated and, by the end of the year, will be paid to approximately 50 thousand families who were not considered, but were paid will be retroactive to January”, Marina Gonçalves added, adding that these payments are already “in the final stages of processing” and that it will “take only a few weeks” for these families to receive support.
hey extraordinary income support is a measure implemented since May this year and consists of a subsidy of a maximum of 200 euros per month, automatically allocated to households with an effort rate above 35% in paying rent (calculated based on taxable income (not net income) and with income up to the sixth income tax bracket.
To date, more than 185 thousand families are benefiting from this assistance. However, others were excluded for submitting an effort rate above 100%, despite having income within the established limits. Till now the government had not told how many people would be in this situation, now it has confirmed that there are around 50 thousand.
In addition to these 50 thousand families, who will now receive income support, the number of beneficiaries of this measure is expected to increase again next year, as the Government has chosen. no brakes To update the fares, which, thus, can be updated by 6.94% in 2024. Thus, there will be households that can support an effort rate of more than 35%, while keeping their income unchanged and experiencing income growth. , being covered by income support. It is also important to trust reinforcement of support amountSolution found by government to reduce the impact of fare update.
Despite the increase in expenditure associated with income support next year, the estimated budget allocation for this measure is EUR 250 million and has not been revised.
Door 65 reaches more families
Yet in relation to public support for the lease, the Housing Minister said that, to date door 65 young 14,670 families (equivalent to more than 22 thousand young people) are being awarded, another 678 applications are already valid under the new application regime (which has started to work continuously throughout the year, without a fixed period of application ). Payments for these 678 applications will also be processed “in the coming weeks.”
To this we can add Porta 65+, a new aspect of this program, which covers single-parent families or families with a decline in income of more than 20%. At present, approximately 1700 applications are being analyzed in this aspect of the program. “Porta 65+ will reach cruising speed in terms of data interoperability to be able to make payments,” said Marina Gonçalves.
Compensation for landowners along the way
Also during Thursday’s hearing, the Housing Minister provided some details about the compensation that the government had promised landlord from old leases,
At issue are rental contracts dating back to 1990. In cases where the families covered under these contracts are 65 or more years of age, have a level of disability equal to or more than 60% or have financial needs, the Government has decided that these contracts will apply. will definitely be in effect Outside the New Urban Leasing Arrangement (NRAU), In return, he decided that he would compensate the landowners for these contracts in two ways. On the one hand, it is expected that these owners will, from 2024, be exempt from IRS on the rent income they charge, as well as exemption from IMI on properties subject to these old contracts. this discount are dependent State budget approved for 2024.
On the other hand, these owners are expected to be compensated financially. At present, the government is still working on this compensation and taking into account the fallout caused by Prime Minister’s resignation, It is not certain that it will be completed in time for implementation next year. But Marina Gonçalves says the aim is to complete the compensation model by the end of this year – and even the compensation formula has already been studied.
According to the minister, the model that the government claims to define by the end of the year “will not deviate much” from the income subsidy created in 2015. The minister was referring to Decree-Law No. 156/2015. Which provided for the creation of a rent subsidy to be given to tenants aged 65 years or over, those with more than 60% disability or those with financial needs and those with older contracts. This subsidy would be provided from the moment these contracts were transferred to the NRAU, which never ended, as this transition was postponed over the years, being definitively halted with the current government.
In any case, the model of this subsidy – which the Housing Minister now says will serve as the basis for defining compensation for landlords – is defined as: the amount of the subsidy being the difference between the price of new rents and The difference corresponds to the rent that can be afforded by the lessee. Therefore, if the compensation now being studied follows this model, it means that landlords would receive support of this nature, rather than tenants, who maintain rents commensurate with their income.