Nearly 10 percent of Czechs under some form of distraint

Almost one in 10 Czechs over the age of 15 are under some form of distraint, under which their property is seized to obtain rent or other money they owe. What's more, over 150,000 people are facing 10 or more distraint orders, according to a map focused on the issue produced by the association Open Society.

The level of distraint has become worse in 12 of the Czech Republic’s 14 regions, the makers of the map said on Tuesday at a presentation of their findings on Tuesday.

The number of people facing distraint grew last year by 3.4 percent, said map author Radek Hábl. He said record low unemployment and growing wages were not helping people out of debt traps due to high interest rates on loans.