Paris has one of the highest proportions of period properties out of all cities in Europe, yet with so many older buildings, maintaining them all can be a problem, especially when most are privately owned.
A recent study has found that 347 buildings in Paris are now at risk and this figure is increasing year by year. 44% of them were identified last year and are now monitored by city services. North-East of Paris is particularly concerned.
Parisian buildings wear their years very well. Interestingly however, the right bank is particularly affected, much more so than the left bank.
This was one of the findings of the report entitled ‘Observatory of prevention and degradation of apartment buildings in Paris’, published by the APUR (Paris workshop planning).
In Paris, those 347 buildings are now marked as ones “to watch in 2014”. Since 2008, when the first study of this type was carried out, the numbers were at 212, which then rose to 328 in 2011 to reach 347 today.
“The results are very similar in 2014 to those obtained in previous years in terms of number of building and their geography,” the study notes.
Nearly 70% of the buildings in question are located in the northeast of Paris, in the 17, 18, 19, and 20th arrondissements. The 18th district is the most affected, with 92 of the 347 located there, some 27%. The neighborhood Porte de Clignancourt, the Goutte d’Or and La Chapelle are particularly affected.
What is being done?
It should also be noted that since 2011, two additional indices have been added to the methodology used to declare if a building is at risk of degradation.
Among these indices, there are particularly high concentrations of small rental housing safety issues (fire, various potential poisoning problems), respect for the health regulations, or the water supply of the property. So not all are a crumbling Haussmannian pile….
This particular study noted that downward spiral can be engaged when some occupants do not pay their expenses, resulting in malfunctions in community services and facilities (maintenance, lighting, elevators, heating, etc.).
Neglecting these basic requirements would give almost any house, old or new, some problems.
In 77% of cases, the owners or the trustee believe that the heavy work is needed.
Of these 347 buildings, 44% had already been listed in the survey last year. 67 of them (19%) each belong to a single owner. The remaining buildings are condominiums.