The government of the town of Sárospatak (Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County) started evicting nonpaying residents – including families with small children – from local government-owned apartments yesterday, following the expiration of a moratorium on such removals. Mayor János Aros (Fidesz) said a total of ten apartments would be emptied of tenants who had accumulated debts of between Ft 130,000 and Ft 150,000 (€485-€560) for non-payment. As for why we say “most pathetic” story rather than “most outrageous,” read on.
One reason is that the town says it has made preparations for providing suitable accommodation for any impacted children, and that six of the families involved (who, yes, we also assume are Roma) actually own properties – or parts of properties – elsewhere. Meanwhile, the monthly rent they didn’t pay ranged from Ft 800-Ft 1,000 (€2.99-€3.75), meaning that hypothetically some of them could have been dodging a monthly rent nut costing less than a cheap bottle of wine since sometime late in the last century. Good grief. [index.hu]