Legislative elections 2024 – “We searched for 1 year, in the end we were confused!”: in Marseille, the housing problem

Legislative elections 2024 – “We searched for 1 year, in the end we were confused!”: in Marseille, the housing problem
Legislative elections 2024 – “We searched for 1 year, in the end we were confused!”: in Marseille, the housing problem

Elée and Karim are both nurses. This young couple works 24 hours a day, but wanted to finally be able to settle down together and think about getting married afterwards. But for that, they had to leave the family home, in which both still resided. And that, in Marseille, was not won: “We searched, every day, every day every day: all the ads, all the apps, the social networks. For a year, we made visits when we worked, in the morning, in the evening, at midday. In the end, we even had a bit of a headache“, smiled the young woman, happy to have finally been able to find their place to settle down.”We are nurses, with more than full time each, and despite everything we had difficulty accessing credit, and moreover in the price ranges that we wanted.” “Too expensive, too much work”, explains his partner, despite everything delighted to be, again a year later, passing through a DIY store for their first apartment.

Leila also has life plans: a second child, after her 9-year-old, and a new home for her and her partner. For the moment, it’s 54 m2 for three : “And frankly, a pre-teen with a newborn in the same room is not possible. Or we would have to sleep in the living room and leave the bedroom to them, but hey…Afterwards, entertaining is complicated, intimacy in the couple too, it creates promiscuity, we walk on feet. Well, after that, we’re not on the street“. And she adds, her stomach already very round: “Plus I’m on maternity leave, I already have other worries and I also have to look for an apartment!“.

Explosion of land prices: “Here, we pay for the sun!”

Crossed nearby, a retired couple confirms: they bought the property 30 years ago, but today “we couldn’t buy anymore, that’s for sure” : “Prices have exploded here“. “We have friends who went to Berry“, explains the husband, and there, “no difficulty, but they are not the same prices: here we pay for the sun!“. Christiane, retired and resident of Estaque, tells the same story: access to property still possible, for her, in the 90s. Then the prices skyrocketed : “And in the northern neighborhoods, it’s even worse. However, there are places where we can no longer go! We are abandoned, politicians really need to take action on this issue.” Christiane’s daughter was still able to buy her apartment recently. : “Because she is alone, she is 30 years old, she works. And then it was a stroke of luck, a friend of mine who was selling.”

The resigned: “At least you have a roof over your head”

Ingrid has both sides of the problem: she also tried to move out of her apartment, in the 15th arrondissement, where she lives alone, with her two children who share a room. “To relocate? I would like to, but I don’t have the means“. Her landlord confirmed it to her: if she left, he could re-rent the property at double the current rent.. She took it upon herself, and did everything again, at her own expense, to maintain her home and above all feel good there. Especially since the difficulty of accessing property is something she faces on a daily basis. Customer advisor in a bank, she confirms: “They all want to own property. And I fight every day for my clients, to lower rates. But to be able to buy, you have to save every month. And when you earn minimum wage, you can’t do that. Sometimes, I also show them my pay slip, and I tell them: it’s not because you’re a banker that you’re rich! “. In the meantime, she found her solution: “You do like everyone else, you go to a DIY store, you buy paint, you redo the walls, you open the windows“. One thing reassures her: “At least you have a roof over your head“.

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