The new Law for the Right to Housing already has a date for approval by the Council of Ministers. It will be on January 18, as indicated by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma), Raquel Sánchez.
In statements to EFE, she has been resounding: “Yes, we will approve it at the next Council of Ministers on January 18. From there, the parliamentary process will logically begin. Words that were pronounced in the presentation in the Spanish Pavilion at the Dubai Expo of the Global Mobility Call, the first world congress on sustainable mobility that will take place next June in Madrid.
It should be remembered that the Council of Ministers gave its approval on October 26 to the bill for the Right to Housing presented by the ministry. He did it with the intention of sending it to Congress as a bill before the end of the year, something that finally did not happen.
That the text ends up being presented on January 18 will be possible thanks to the fact that “soon” will have the report of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ). This has been the reason why it could not be done in 2021. The minister considered that she is “everything ready” to take this bill to the Council of Ministers on the 18th and for “its subsequent processing”. At the same time, she stressed that they are not “concerned” about the content of the CGPJ report.
The text has been negotiated for a year by the government partners (PSOE-UP) and has been one of the main sources of political tension between them so far in the legislature. Said text allows the autonomous communities to limit the rental price in stressed areas to companies that own more than ten homes.
Likewise, the text modifies some aspects of the Civil Procedure Law, for which a report from the CGPJ is mandatory, although this body declared last week that it had not given material time to prepare the report by the end of last month. The ministry requested it at the beginning of December, so the second reading was delayed. In addition, this law has caused suspicion in the real estate sector, which agrees that its approval will reduce supply, worsen property maintenance and drive the market. rental to the shadow economy. However, the minister asserted that the text of the bill has ultimately had a “positive reception” in the real estate sector.
“I think that beyond some punctual criticisms that have been produced, but what do I want to say and advance that they have been very punctual and that it is true that At first there was some concern On the part of the sector, I can venture that it has been a positive reception”, the minister told EFE.
The minister added that it has also had a “positive” reception by “society as a whole” and, therefore, He hopes that “that same consensus of society will also be achieved in Parliament” and that the approval of a law that he described as “historic” can be had “as soon as possible”.
For private landlords and companies that own less than ten homes, the text provides – only in stressed areas – that the tenant can request annual extensions of the contract up to a maximum of three years with the rent frozen.
Other points in the text are to penalize empty homes, since the draft provides that municipalities apply a surcharge of 50% on the liquid share of the real estate tax (IBI) to those that remain unoccupied without justification for more than two years; 100% if it is empty for more than three years and 150% if the owner has four unoccupied properties in the same municipality.