Published on October 16, 2022
A few weeks ago I noticed with dismay that the ecological transition was slowly but surely becoming an easy and practical excuse to beat motorists legally and fiscally: by means of a stigmatization of older cars that do not meet increasingly drastic standards. from reality we would finally be able to forbid the poor to travel independently and leave this privilege only to the upper class (those who vote properly). Of course, the adventure could not end there: the ecological transition is intended to apply to everyone, everywhere, all the time, and therefore of course also in your home.
This isn’t the first property law that has allowed a couple of dozen MPs to define what is and isn’t allowed in your household, but it’s probably the first time a law has been enough to rush it all right down the gap. of real estate and construction in France.
Implemented during the horrific farce of the Citizens’ Convention on the Climate in October 2019, the Climate and Resilience Act was finally promulgated and published in the Official Gazette on 24 August. She intends to push environmentalism everywhere in the property sector in France: given the resounding success of good ecological ideas in food, travel or energy, it would have been a shame if the land ownership or construction sectors were not also sabotaged abundantly by European and French fashion habits in the organic field.
In addition to the usual propaganda noises (eg environmental education in schools, as if it was missing!), which this law obviously introduces to the seaweed, its objective claims to be to combat thermal sieves, these terrible constructions that, in addition to the bad taste of not being new age concrete cubes with poor wooden cladding that turn gray at the slightest bad weather, the disadvantage of having been insulated with the knowledge of another time that started on the principle that we would gradually get more and more reliable sources of energy.
An old and inevitably silly bet as humanity emerged from the economy of scarcity to enter the abundance of cheap and terribly efficient nuclear power: everyone knows that nothing beats empty wind turbines and dusty solar panels, and that it’s always better to adjust your energy consumption to lowest bidder rather than adapting production, as shown by all third world countries towards which France is turning and moving in small steps towards.
It will therefore be necessary to insulate the French cabins, you will not cut it. And for that, nothing like introducing an alphabetical scale, as arbitrary as it is simplistic and colorful, like the stickers used to grade students from kindergarten to college. We will place the so-called passive houses (in short, well insulated) on the A note, and we will assign a G to these sad energy slums where too many French people still live, these imbeciles!
Moreover, it is logical: As electricity, as we know, becomes more expensive and less and less stable, we might as well prepare the population conscientiously to peel their bread or to have to spend more and more of their savings trying to bring his housing, decreed “energy-sieve” by the authorities, to a level not scorned by our benevolent elites.
And to encourage the recalcitrant to insulate themselves (from others with the health card, from the cold in the midst of global warming with glass wool and other inventive processes), the legislature has made funny incentives with in particular a commitment to energy audits (as expensive as useful, let’s see!), then of course a progressive ban on any letting of poorly rated accommodation.
In short, if your home is G-classified, you can say goodbye to your rental income before 2025. You have until 2028 for F-classified and 2034 for E-classified. In essence, it is 4.4 million homes that will be affected over the next 12 years, of which 600,000 over the next three years.
Yes: in three years, 600,000 homes will be unsuitable for renting.
We have to admit that in a country where rents are already very expensive and where we are constantly told that millions of housing units are missing to meet demand, the current government’s eco-political maneuver is puzzling. : The additional shortage will surely increase. demand and therefore further increase the rent of vacant properties, which in times of inflation is a particularly bright idea. It would be like cutting hospital beds in the middle of a pandemic, yes…
But the genius of our legislators and politicians does not stop there: for some of this housing to regain its commendable quality, some work will need to be done. The owners, these large pensioners in top hats with full cigars and delicate bellies, will obviously have no problem finding the money to start them, especially since the current shortage of labor in the construction trades is non-existent, as well as building materials.
In short, this finely crafted law comes at the best time: by creating, in a completely artificial way, shortages and heavy additional restrictions when materials, weapons and housing are in short supply, we can guarantee that the difficulties of the French in decent housing will greatly increase .
Currently, low-income families are already having to use tricks to get by between the prohibitive penalties on their vehicle, the stratospheric cost of fuel, the incessant rain of taxes and fees, and the increase in daily costs associated with a disastrous handling of the currency and debt. The Yellow Vests were only a concrete expression of this.
Thanks to the constant efforts of a handful of wealthy and urban ideologues, divorced from the realities of France from below, these modest families will now also have to struggle like never before just to find housing.
Inevitably, it will be fine.
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The article was originally published on December 13, 2021.