In the last fifteen years, housing prices have been multiplied by 2.5 in France, whereas in the same time incomes have been multiplied only by 1.6. Rents have increased also faster than the incomes. In brief, the spending dedicated to housing has sharply increased in the French people’s budgets.The CREDOC’s survey shows that the increase of housing spending reinforces the feeling of drop in social status. People who can’t buy their own house, or have to live in a poor quality place, have the feeling they are on the lower part of the social scale. The feeling of drop in status is strengthened by poor accommodation conditions (humidity, lack of light, inappropriate plumbing…). This problem concerns 32% of French people whereas the European average is 26%.
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