Lonely Planet Writer

Probe into Rome apartments for €10 a month leads to council

An investigation has revealed that employees at Rome’s city council have been renting out luxury apartments in desirable locations for far less than their market value.

A view towards St Peter’s Basilica.
A view towards St Peter’s Basilica. Image by Jimmy Harris / CC BY 2.0

Examples include an apartment near St Peter’s Basilica that was rented out for €10 a month and another on Corso Vittorio Emanuele in the historic city centre rented out for €24 a month. The properties would have commanded rents of around €5000 per month on the open market. The audit team suspects that the apartments were being rented to political allies, business associates and relatives of council officials. Read more: telegraph.co.uk