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The ministry adds that by the end of the year they expect to publish a law that will allow combining the Affordable Leasing Program with Porta 65.

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The ministry adds that by the end of the year they expect to publish a law that will allow combining the Affordable Leasing Program with Porta 65.

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The government said on Tuesday it was “working to streamline procedures” for the Affordable Rent Program, under which “950 contracts” have been signed since 2019.

As such, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing responded to the questions sent by Lusa following the criticism made on Monday by the Lisbon Owners Association (ALP), which felt that the Affordable Rental Program (PAA) “this is very far from achieving the goals” announced at its inception, in 2019.

In response, the ministry said it planned to publish a law by the end of the year that would allow combine the Affordable Rent program with Porta 65system of financial support for rent by young people.

About calls for non-complication of PAA, which owners qualify as “extremely bureaucratic and inefficient”The ministry recalls that “at the beginning of 2022, a simplification was made” which now “allows immediate notification between supply and demand when they are based on the same criteria.”

According to data updated in October by the ministry itself, 950 contracts were signed under the Affordable Rent program. since 2019, which the government considers “continuous evolution”.

In a statement sent on Monday, and after analyzing data from the National Institute of Statistics, ALP said it had concluded that over the course of 2022. “PAA managed to attract just over 400 properties”which is 0.1% of the total number of lease agreements.

Now, reminds ALP, the government assumed that from mid-2021, PAA would attract 20% of all new leases and contract renewals.

Thus the number is “terrific,” he clarifies, contrasting it “with more than 45,000 new lease agreements signed in the countryonly in the first half of the year.

In the same response to Luce, the executive disputes the ALP’s criticism that representative structures in the housing and rental sector have not been heard.

“In addition to bilateral meetings that are held as needed or deemed necessary, and within the National Housing Council (where they have space) and within consultations on instruments and policy proposals such as the National Housing Program. “The sector is always consulted on decisions made regarding leasing,” he replies.

Source: Observador

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