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Factsheet for case IT-2021-1/1617 – measures in Italy

Contribution for the reduction of rents

Contributo per la riduzione dei canoni di locazione

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound
Case created 21 December 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)

Background information

In order to support citizens' access to a safe home, to meet the economic difficulties of the tenants, and to reduce the risk of evictions, art. 9-quater of law 176 of 18 December 2020 introduced for the year 2021 a contribution for the owners of residential real estate units who reduce - for any amount - the rent for the contracts in place on 29 October 2020.

Content of measure

The amount of the contribution for the year 2021 corresponds to 50% of the agreed reduction, within the maximum annual limit of €1,200 for each tenant. The benefit is due provided that:

  • the property is located in a town with high housing voltage
  • the property constitutes the tenant's main residence
  • the lessor electronically communicates to the Revenue Agency the renegotiation of the rent and any other information useful for the purpose of disbursement of the contribution.

For this purpose, €50 million are allocated for the year 2021, assigned to the specific fund for the sustainability of the payment of rents for residential real estate units, set up at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

A provision of the Revenue Agency will define the application methods of the rule, also for the purpose of complying with the fixed spending limit. In fact, if the total amount of contributions to be disbursed based on the applications received should exceed the financial resources allocated, the financial administration will have to proportionally restate the percentage due to the individual tenant.

Use of measure

No information available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Social partners were not involved in designing the measure and have no role in its implementation and monitoring.

Views and reactions

No information available.



Eurofound (2020), Contribution for the reduction of rents, case IT-2021-1/1617 (measures in Italy), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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