An Italian village that payments itself as “COVID-free” is making an attempt to attract new residents by selling houses for $1 — however the brand new house owners should promise to renovate the houses.
Cinquefrondi, within the southern area of Calabria, bills itself as a “COVID-free village,” as there have not been any confirmed coronavirus circumstances reported in the neighborhood, and the Calabria area has one among Italy’s lowest ranges of reported coronavirus cases.
Mayor Michele Conia mentioned the “Operation Beauty” initiative is designed to attract new residents prepared to renovate abandoned properties which have fallen into disrepair.
“Finding new house owners for the numerous deserted houses we now have is a key a part of the Operation Beauty [mission] that I’ve launched to recuperate degraded, misplaced elements of city,” Conia told CNN.
“I grew up in Germany the place my mother and father had migrated, then I got, here again, to avoid wasting my land. Too many individuals have fled from right here over a long time, forsaking empty houses. We cannot succumb to resignation,” he talked about.
The program provides the houses for solely $1, however, the purchasers should pay an annual coverage insurance coverage charge of about $280 till renovations on the properties are full. The new house owners of the houses might be subject to $22,470 fine if they don’t complete renovations in three years.