Iran’s incurable housing crisis

After Ibrahim Raisi took office as president of the Iranian regime last year, he pledged to build one million houses in Iran every year to meet demand. He had previously said during a visit to Qazvin that “it is necessary to build a million homes a year and that is not just a slogan”.
After nine months, however, it became clear that, like all of the regime’s promises, it was false. This comes at a time when rental prices are rising compared to previous years.

In an article dated May 1, the state daily Jahan-e Sanat wrote: “As of April 2022, the average purchase and sale price of one square meter of housing in Tehran exceeded 34 million tomans, representing an increase of 16.9% compared to the same month last year.The rental index for rental housing in Tehran and all urban areas in April 2022 shows a growth of 45.6 and 50.1 percent respectively compared to the same month last year.

An article published on the official website of Iran’s parliament ICANA, quoting MP Gholamreza Shariati, states that most tenants and home seekers are the poorest in society and have to pay between 40 and 50 million rials for the first payment to to obtain housing through the government, an amount that most of these people cannot afford.

This scandalous failure of Raisi even raised the voice of those responsible for the regime. On April 27, the daily Bultan News wrote: “Not only has the government failed to take action to address this concern and is not properly fulfilling its role, responsibilities and duties, but it is and remains a bystander as in the past. With the rising prices and inflation in this area, renting rooms and storage space has replaced housing.According to the development of the housing market, rental inflation in Tehran was 46% according to the latest report of the Central Bank in March 2022 and nationwide 50%.

A spokesman for the regime’s civil commission later said: “Unfortunately, the reports from the field do not reflect good news about housing rent, and although people are facing rent increases of several percent, the government has not put in place a plan to this year. “

As a result, the living conditions of the homeless population have deteriorated compared to previous years and Raisi’s promises have turned out to be empty statements.

The government has been so reluctant to deliver on its promise that a plan has recently been proposed to outsource some of the housing construction to the so-called private sector, and the contract has been signed by Rostam Ghasemi, the director of a government agency. .

The involvement of the private sector in housing construction means that the government and its private institutions, especially institutions such as the regime’s Housing Association and the Revolutionary Guards base in Khatam al-Anbiya, will be involved.

These marauding institutions have been involved in the bulk of housing construction for the past 16 years, and the current situation of skyrocketing house prices and rents is the result of their corrupt acts.

There is currently no private company, independent of the government, capable of building mass housing. Institutions affiliated with Khamenei’s office and the government, such as banks, have indeed stolen the housing market from the non-governmental private sector.

This regime lacks the will and will to solve the housing problem, but is content with destroying the homes of the poor in some parts of the country, such as the recent demolitions of suburban houses in Zabul and Zahedan on April 15, where municipalities and police officers demolished people’s houses.

The next day, April 16, municipal agents, in conjunction with security and military forces, also attacked the Shirabad neighborhood of Zahedan, destroying several residential homes, without any warning.

Video clips of the demolition posted on social media show a citizen screaming and crying and saying she spent millions of rials buying and building the land where her property used to be, which was destroyed. with the military.

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