Preferential renting is a particular municipal scheme to facilitate and encourage initiatives to occupy vacant spaces.
It is based on a reduction and gradual increase of a rent for the first 3 years of activities. The financial facilitations can be extended when the scope of the initiative meets social concerns in the local area. For all the other initiatives, the preferential renting scheme aims is a facilitation at the start of the activity and a strong incentive to reach the capacity to pay a full rent after 3 years. Projects benefit from such scheme while agreeing to renovate the place at their own costs.
For instance the Pix’House shown on the picture is a photography gallery. It stated renting a street level space in the Lazarz district. It benefited for 2 years of preferential renting and has now one year to reach enough business profitability in order to be able to pay the full rent and stay in the space.