Italy / Tribunale di Vicenza / Additional requirements to issue a certification of adequate housing

Key facts of the case:

The application refers to two deliberations of the municipality of Montecchio Maggiore which introduced additional requirements to issue a certification of adequate housing. This certification is necessary for third-country nationals in order to obtain family reunion ora long-term stay permit, etc. For instance, the municipality increased such technical parameter as the prescribed surface area in squared metres per person in an apartment, used to determine how many people should live in it. In addition, municipality started a general inspection of homes of only third-country nationals to verify housing conditions.

Results (sanctions) and key consequences or implications of the case:

The Court ordered the municipality to end the discriminatory treatment and to pay each plaintiff 500 Euros for moral damages suffered due to the police inspections.