Factsheet for case PT-2020-14/978 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 01 July 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound|
|Case created||13 July 2020 (updated 22 January 2021)|
The Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 41/2020, of 6 June, that approved the Economic and Social Stabilisation Programme extends the exceptional support to renting houses until September 2020 and enlarges its scope.
According to the Law 4-C/2020, of 6 April, amended by the Law 17/2020, of 29 May, these exceptional measures were approved to be in force during the State of Emergency and the following month.
Although the state of emergency was already lifted, many families will take some time to reach financial stability and to recover the income lost. Therefore the extension of the support was approved until September.
Additionally, despite the six month period following the granting of the financial support for families to start the reimbursement, and taking into consideration the situation of most vulnerable families, the loan may be converted into a non-repayable grant.
Under the scope of the exceptional measures to support housing renting, a financial support granted by IHRU, I. P. (Institute of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation) was created. This was oriented to households with significant losses in income and to landlords with low resources, with a significant loss in income due to the non-payment of rents. The financial support, under the form of a loan, was approved to be in force during the State of Emergency and the following month.
Tenants can ask for an interest free loan to support the difference between the monthly rent and a maximum effort rate of 35% of the household income, allowing them to pay the rent. The outstanding income cannot be inferior to the Social Support Index. Landlords who have demonstrated reductions in their household income above 20% of the previous month, and whose tenants did not make use of the IHRU loans (see above), can request an interest free loan to compensate the monthly rents that have not been paid, if the available household income diminishes below the Social Support Index for that reason.
Information not available.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Tripartite consultation involving the government, the trade union confederations CGTP and UGT and the employer confederations CIP, CCP, CTP and CAP at the Standing Committee for Social Concertation.
Social partners were consulted at the Standing Committee for Social Concertation.Their views are not known.
Eurofound (2020), Protection of rent payments for renters and landlords, case PT-2020-14/978 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.