A single mother rents the former apartment of the mayor of Prague

A single mother rents the former apartment of the mayor of Prague

Zdeněk Hřib has signed a contract with the municipal rental agency, which helps people in need find affordable housing

Last year, the Czech capital launched the Municipal Rental Agency, a public service that makes housing accessible to people in need. On January 9, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib revealed that he was among the first landlords to sign a contract with the agency and provide housing for families in need.

To go further, he shared that his old apartment became the home of a single mother and her three children in November 2021, just before the Christmas holidays. Commenting on his decision, Mayor Hřib shared:

“When I learned of the launch of the Municipal Rental Agency, I offered my apartment, the renovation of which had just been completed. I would probably earn a little more renting it on the market but for me helping people in need is also important.

I am aware that my help is only symbolic in this dimension, but I would like this step to inspire other people who are in a similar situation and think about what to do with an apartment that they are not themselves use “.

12 families now live in decent, affordable housing

The former mayor’s house is one of 16 that have a contract with the municipal rental agency. Since the launch of the agency, 12 families have found decent housing. While 35 people are still waiting for accommodation, the The agency is urging more homeowners to join the project.

In a press release, the City of Prague explains that tenants are selected according to predetermined criteria. In addition, the agency offers homeowners a set of guarantees and services, such as regular income payment and the handling of some repairs.

Further reassuring potential owners, Mayor Hrib notes that his personal experience has shown that the municipal rental agency can be trusted and relied upon.

Berta D. Wells