Thursday, October 28

The Executive proposes to compensate the owners affected by an eviction

Activists try to prevent an eviction in Guadalajara.

Activists try to prevent an eviction in Guadalajara.

The draft of the anti-eviction decree handled by the Government contemplates the option to request financial compensation for large homeowners when three months pass without the administration offering a housing alternative to the tenant in a vulnerable situation, as government sources have informed Europa Press.

The text has already been sent to the general commission of undersecretaries, a preliminary step for it to be addressed in the Council of Ministers, and it will be approved next Tuesday after reaching consensus, but with doubts about whether the cut of supplies can also be included, since that negotiation is less advanced.

The initiative corresponds mainly to the Ministries of Transport and Urban Agenda and the Second Vice Presidency of the Government, but Justice and the Economy have also been involved.

The decree, according to the newspaper El País and confirmed by government sources, will guide the suspension of evictions without a housing alternative for vulnerable families while the alarm state lasts. Specifically, there will be no launches of this population segment until the autonomies offer another alternative housing for relocation.

Until now, the stoppage is limited until January of next year and for situations of non-payment of rent due to situations derived from the Covid-19 crisis. Now all cases are included, also those prior to those caused by the pandemic.

The new agreement establishes that the condition of vulnerability will be granted through social services through a binding report, which the courts will have to request compulsorily in the event that those affected allege said vulnerability.

In this case, it is set that these compensations are paid only in the event that the lessor can demonstrate economic damage, thus excluding owners who had empty homes.

For their part, sources from Unidad Podemos have told Europa Press that the normative text establishes the prohibition of all evictions to vulnerable families during the state of alarm after weeks of negotiation, guaranteeing that this housing alternative is “dignified”. For example, they cannot be rehoused in a shelter.

They have also recognized that the agreement also includes the compensation to large holders proposed by the PSOE, an extreme that “has not pleased the purple formation”, but has been accepted “to ensure that the measure went ahead and no one is left homeless” during the state of alarm.

In any case, it has been achieved since the formation that these compensations are paid only in the event that the lessor can demonstrate financial damage. “In no case will owners who have empty homes receive any financial compensation from the State“They have specified in Unidad Podemos.

On the other hand, the same sources have transferred that they do not contemplate that the anti-eviction decree does not also include the prohibition of cutting off all supplies, since ensuring a decent home at this time means that it has electricity, gas and water. In that sense, from Unidad Podemos it is expected that Ecological Transition will transfer a proposal in these terms “as soon as possible.”


This issue created tension in the coalition. First by the pressure from Podemos following the amendment, later withdrawn, to the General Budgets that it signed with ERC and Bildu to extend the ban on evictions, one of its main social demands. This maneuver caused a strong unrest in the socialist ranks and several ministers made Vice President Pablo Iglesias ugly in public his behavior.

Then Unidos Podemos accused the PSOE days ago of delaying the approval of the decree by insisting, after several weeks of negotiation, that the large homeowners be compensated “with public money”. They blamed it on a demand from the Ministries of Justice and Economy. Meanwhile, from the PSOE they explained that they wanted to grant legal certainty to the measure.

The Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, has assured saw the agreement to seal the “moderately satisfactory” anti-eviction decree “very close” and has recognized that United We Can not feel “especially comfortable” with respect to compensation to large homeowners.

The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, has revealed that if there is sufficient “consensus and clarity” on the normative text and, in case the works are “mature”, it could go to the next council or the next one if the consensus is closed .

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