Universitat Rovira i Virgili


The project, coordinated by Dr. Christoph Schmid, from University of Bremen, involve the following universities, which make up the consortium: University of Bremen, ZERP (Germany), University of Pisa (Italy), University of Silesia (Poland), Metropolitan Research Insitute (Hungary), University of Tartu (Estonia), International School for Social and Business Studies (Slovenia), University of Lund (Sweden), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), University of Southampton (United Kingdom) and the University Rovira i Virgili (Spain), being Dr. Sergio Nasarre principal investigator of the Spanish partner, represented by the URV. Dr. Estela Rivas and Dr. Héctor Simón Moreno are member of the project too.

Private tenancy law is existentially affecting the daily lives of European citizens, as about one third of them depend on rental housing. That notwithstanding, it constitutes a nearly blank space in comparative and European law. This is due to its national character, its political nature and its embeddedness in widely diverging national housing policies, which ultimately reflect different welfare state models. At the same time, however, different parts of EU law and policy do affect tenancy law significantly, albeit indirectly. Thus, EU social policy against poverty and social exclusion extends to selected issues of housing policy. EU non-discrimination rules extend to the provision of housing, and several consumer law directives apply to tenancy contracts, too. Moreover, if the Common Frame of Reference were one day to develop into an optional instrument, tenancy law issues now regulated by national general contract law might be covered as well - though without any legislator having co-ordinated the ensuing juxtaposition of European contract law and national tenancy regulation. Against this background, this project sets out to provide the first large-scale comparative and European law survey of tenancy law. In a first step, it analyses national tenancy laws and their embeddedness in, and effects on, national housing policies and markets. In a second step, the effect of EU legislation on national housing policy in general and national tenancy law in particular will be analysed in a comparative perspective. In a third step, a proposal for a better co-ordinating role of the EU in tenancy law and housing policy, in particular through an OMC process developing common principles of good "tenancy regulation", will be designed. This research matches well several priorities of the Stockholm programme given tenancy law's intimate relation to social human rights and a system of law and justice working for the benefit of European citizens, in particular vulnerable groups.
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  1. Analyze actual data referring to evictions, profiles evicted families and risk factors.
  2. Identify measures to prevent evictions, the legal environment of this process and possible changes.

This project is conducted with the participation of the Rovira i Virgili University, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA), the National University of Ireland Galway and Human European Consultancy