Save-Home Decree: critical and technical analysis of the implications for the real estate market


Emma Potter

End of double conformity for partial discrepancies and critical issues

One of the most relevant innovations of the decree is theelimination of double conformity for partial discrepancies.

Before the decree, to remediate a building project it was necessary for it to comply with both the regulations in force at the time of construction and the current ones. Now, it is enough that the intervention is compliant with current standards. This greatly simplifies the building compliance process, eliminating a significant obstacle for many properties.

However, this modification raises concerns about the possible proliferation of minor building abuses, that they could be healed too easilythus weakening regulatory rigor and urban planning discipline.

Simplification of the legitimate state, legal uncertainties

The decree simplifies the procedure for certify the legitimate status of the properties. It will no longer be necessary to reconstruct the entire chain of building permits, but it will be sufficient to refer to thelast title filed. This eliminates an important bureaucratic obstacle, especially for building projects that have undergone multiple changes over the years.

Nonetheless, this simplification could create legal uncertainty if not accompanied by a robust system of verification and control by municipal administrationsrisking legitimize situations of formal irregularity.

Extension of free construction and uncontrolled non-conformities

The expansion of the field offree construction is another key point of the decree.

Interventions such as the installation of removable panoramic windows e awnings they will not require specific permissions. This measure is aimed at facilitating small improvement changes that do not structurally affect the buildings.

However, theindiscriminate extension of free construction could lead to a lowering of construction quality standards it's at a increase from the uncontrolled discrepancieswith potential repercussions on safety and urban aesthetics.

Changes of intended use and the risk of functional inhomogeneities

There simplification of changes of intended useallowing transformations without building works, represents an opportunity to adapt urban spaces to current needs.

However, this measure raises questions about the long-term urban planning impact, especially if municipalities do not adopt adequate master plans to manage these changes.

The risk is to create a functional lack of homogeneity in urban spaces, compromising coherence and territorial planning.

Implications for the real estate market: increased supply and risk of lower quality

The changes introduced by the decree have the potential to unlock the real estate marketencouraging the regularization of properties and increasing their saleability.

Despite this, the increase in supply could mainly concern the so-called “mini-houses”of not high quality, aimed at buyers who are most in difficulty with credit.

This segment of the market could see a increase in transactionsbut with one minimal overall impact on the general real estate market, maintaining the structural problems of accessibility and housing quality remain unchanged.

Uncertainty in parliamentary conversion discourages real estate investments

A further element of uncertainty concerns the possible changes during the parliamentary conversion process. The norms could be further retouchedmaking the regulatory framework for owners and operators in the sector even more complex.

This creates a climate of regulatory instability that can discourage investment And complicate long-term planning. We will follow the parliamentary proceedings carefully.

Final thoughts

The “Save Home” decree represents a significant attempt to simplify building regulations and unblock the real estate market. However, it also has numerous critical issues that need to be addressed carefully monitored.

It is essential that local governments and construction professionals adopt a prudent and rigorous approach in its implementationFor avoid that the regulatory simplifications lead to a lowering of quality standards and an increase in construction irregularities. Only in this way will it be possible to guarantee that the reforms produce results lasting positive effects, contributing to a more dynamic real estate market it's at more liveable and safe cities.

Article by Marco Mion, President of AGEFIS