Tags / Black Market
The municipality pays for a hotel accommodation only when the evicted families ask for an emergency procedure. If their request is judged positively, then they receive a temporary accommodation.
The Mauhay family, including Arnold, Mardy and their children Adrian, Alessa and Angel, were living in a house in the north of Milan. The building was very badly maintained. The stairways had no lights and their was dangerous electric wiring. After their eviction, they are now living in a hotel with the support of the municipality. This is the Mahuay brothers inside the hotel. Milan, Italy, July, 2013.
Mauhay’s two-room apartment. Five of them used to sleep in this room; Adrian, the oldest son, slept in the living room.
Kumara and Mary Serasinghe are from Sri Lanka and they came in Italy eight years ago. They are, as many others, victims of the illegal rent black market. It is estimated that in Italy between 500 thousand and one million apartments are rented in black, resulting in a high tax evasion. For legal immigrants, in fact, the registration of the lease is required to obtain residence and renewal of the residence permit.
Mauhay family's kitchen
Alessa Mauhay is seen inside her house during the eviction.
The Mauhay family are going to the municipality office that deals with the housing project and the evictions.
Arnold Mauhay speaks with a public official and finds out that the municipal committee has accepted his application for public housing.