Two Breton houses sprayed with anti second home graffiti

Two holiday homes in Brittany have been sprayed with graffiti protesting second homes as tensions continue in the region.

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One of the houses is located in Saint-Gildas de Rhuys (Morbihan), and was covered with messages including ‘End the riches‘ (more rich) and ‘BZH to BZH‘, which loosely translates to Brittany for Bretons. BZH is an abbreviation of Breizh, which is Breton for Brittany.

The Sarzeau gendarmerie has opened an investigation for vandalism.

The number of second homes has multiplied in Brittany in recent years, the national statistics institute Insee indicating that between 1968 and 2018, the total increased by 360% on the Brittany coast.

The situation was accelerated by the Covid crisis when people became eager to leave the big cities or at least find somewhere more rural or coastal to spend the weekends.

Vacation rentals are also on the rise, causing tension in the local property market.

Four associations advocating better access to housing demonstrated on September 10 in Douarnenez and Concarneau (Finistère), Vannes (Morbihan) and Lannion (Côtes-d’Armor), demanding the classification of the region as ‘tense area‘ (housing constrained area).

This label would allow local authorities to impose additional taxes on empty and second homes, as well as regulate vacation rentals and rental rates.

“No Breton municipality is in tense area, which intensifies discontent. Elected officials and citizens are powerless in the face of the speculative real estate frenzy”, Gaël Roblin, member of the Tregor Argoat Goelo Zone Tendue collective. “Local buyers can’t keep up”.

“People working on the coast are therefore being pushed very far inland, with extremely long journeys to get to work,” Roblin added.

In Saint-Malo, more than one property in four (26.2%) is a second home. Here the city ​​hall imposed a quota on the number of short-term rentals that could exist in different areas.

Thus, in the municipality, only 12.5% ​​of properties can be rented out as tourist rentals. However, this prompted a group of homeowners to take legal action against the city ​​hallclaiming that this regulation was “unprecedented” in all of France.

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