The Mais Habitação Program came into force last October, with a wide range of measures to promote and support access to housing in Portugal, with affordable prices and a regulated housing market. However, it is necessary to monitor the implementation of the measure, which Marina Gonçalves, Minister of Housing, confirms can be done mainly through the registration of contracts with the tax office.
For the Minister, the law is clear, pointing out that there are "two dimensions" with regard to rent rises: "there is the dimension of new contracts, which is the measure that is in Mais Habitação (More Housing) and that, in fact, what it says is that a lease that existed, whose contract ends, and a new contract is made on the same house, that rent is limited to the rent that existed - regardless of the application of the coefficients, obviously - to a limit of 2%", she explains.
As for the "second dimension", Marina Gonçalves says that these are the "existing contracts" indexed "to what is the legal term (...) indexed to inflation, which next year is around 6.94%".
The figures indicated include the "new offer that exists and that, for the first time, is being placed on the market", belonging to "the free market that operates on its own". It also points out that, in relation to the projects founded by the government, including, for example, affordable rent, it is talking about "new supply" and not "supply that is already on the market".
With regard to monitoring compliance with the law, Marina Gonçalves leaves no room for doubt, pointing to the registration of contracts with the tax office as the "greatest form of monitoring", since they are subject to "stamp duty and are therefore registered on the tax office portal", and assures that this has been strengthened.