Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2021 – 19:48
The new bill has been drafted by civil organizations and contemplates, among other things, the expropriation of vacant housing from large holders
The Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra.Government The Housing Law is entrenched while UP presses to impose the Catalan model
The future of the Housing Law is increasingly up in the air. The norm accumulates eight months of delay with respect to the initially foreseen deadlines and for almost three that the negotiations have been frozen, so United we can has decided to raise the pressure on the PSOE and support an alternative housing law which, among other things, regulates the price of rents and contemplates the expropriation of vacant homes to expand the real estate stock in Spain.
The draft of the alternative rule has been drawn up by the unions CCOO, UGT, the Tenant Union and the Platform for People Affected by Mortgage (PAH) and together with UP, other regular partners of the Executive such as ERC, EH-Bildu, Ms Pas, Comproms and Nueva Canarias they have also endorsed the text.
The proposal has been transferred this Thursday to the groups at a meeting held in Congress, in which these formations have signed a commitment to register this initiative as a bill next week. The Junts initiative and the CUP have also signed.
The bill, called ‘Law to guarantee the right to decent and adequate housing’, will be registered next Thursday the 30th in Congress and its content will be made public through a press conference the same day. Tenant Union sources advance to THE WORLD that part of that content affects the limitation of rents claimed by UP from the beginning of its negotiation with the Socialist Party, but also contemplates mobilizing vacant housing through expropriation, sanction and direct purchase by the Public Administrations.
According to the document to which Europa Press has had access, the norm also contemplates legal modifications in the Urban Leasing Law, but also in the mortgage and judicial regulation, and establishes an objective so that the municipalities with the most residential demand have available within a period of time. twenty years of 20% social housing with respect to the total housing stock.
United We can support the initiative makes clear the distance and tension that they maintain with their government partner due to the negotiation of the future Housing Law. The main stumbling block between the two remains the limitation of rents, since the formation of Ione Belarra bet on the direct intervention of prices while the PSOE proposes a system of bonuses and tax advantages for owners.
The disagreement on this point has existed from the beginning and has prevented the norm, so far, from having gone ahead. The rent limit was one of the demands that UP put on the table to support the General Budgets of last year and now it could once again become an element of pressure for the negotiation of the Accounts for 2022.
PSOE sources consulted by this newspaper are unaware of the initiative presented this Thursday and reiterate the position that has been expressed in recent days by the Vice President of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calvio, who insisted on not linking the Housing Law with the PGE.
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