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Tenant evicted after being convicted of drug trafficking

To request the termination of the lease, Côte d’Azur Habitat relied both on new internal regulations and on an agreement signed in April 2021 with the prefect and the public prosecutor.

A tenant of social housing in Nice, convicted of drug trafficking, saw his lease terminated by the courts, announced Wednesday the landlord, who had obtained a similar decision in July for another tenant, without succeeding in having it executed. . On April 8, the Nice court, seized by Côte d’Azur Habitat, ordered the eviction of a tenant convicted in May 2020 for drug trafficking, in the Saint-Roch district of Nice.

The court considered that “the correctional judgment bearing a criminal conviction of the tenant makes it possible to demonstrate the reality and the seriousness of the nuisances invoked by Côte d’Azur Habitat, at the origin of significant disturbances for the tranquility of the other tenants”, indicated the social landlord in a press release.

The tenant’s companion and the four children had already left the accommodation and were “rehoused by Côte d’Azur Habitat”, specified the lessor. To request the termination of the lease, Côte d’Azur Habitat relied both on new internal regulations and on an agreement signed in April 2021 with the prefect and the public prosecutor.

Côte d’Azur Habitat said on Wednesday that it had “relaunched the prefect” for this eviction

According to this agreement, consulted by AFP, the prosecutor can notify the lessor “of the prosecution or alternative measures to the prosecution decided and / or send him a copy of a criminal decision noting the disturbances caused by a tenant or an occupant “. This text is denounced by many associations, who see it as “a double penalty” for tenants. Under this agreement, Côte d’Azur Habitat had obtained on July 13 the termination of the lease of another tenant, whose adult son had also been convicted of drug trafficking.

But to date the tenant, “who has refugee status and is ill” according to her lawyer Béatrice Eyrignoux, and whose son no longer lives with her, still occupies her accommodation, the eviction order not having been executed. . “On October 19, there was an eviction attempt with the requisition of the police”, explained in December to AFP Anthony Borré, president of Côte d’Azur Habitat and first deputy to the ex-LR mayor of Nice. Christian Estrosi. Without success, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes having then “refused the assistance of the public force”, a few weeks before the start of the winter truce for evictions on November 1.

Côte d’Azur Habitat said on Wednesday that it had “relaunched the prefect” for this eviction. This social landlord manages 20,000 housing units in the department. 132 procedures for the eviction of tenants were initiated, including 15 for drug trafficking and 22 for squat.

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