Negotiation On Housing Law Enters A Critical Stage

2021-05-25   |   by CusiGO

The future housing law is changing. After the elections in Catalonia and Madrid, the political agenda is clear, and a few weeks ago, government partners stopped publicly expressing their differences. In the tense areas, the basic methods of rent control still exist. In this regard, however, new proposals for lifting the negotiations and ending the agreement have also been explored. The recovery plan sent to Brussels is expected to present a draft to Congress by July. This gave the executive a month in office. The Ministry of transport thinks this is feasible, and it has state power in housing.

If the tensions and recriminations in February and March are happening almost every day, a more cautious media image has long been chosen. ” Ione belara, head of the Ministry of social rights, took on the heavy responsibility of the Federation’s negotiations when he was Secretary of state and continued to serve as minister. However, some insist that “the ball is on the transport roof.”. The administration’s socialist tax proposals have never convinced its partners to “come up with some ways to regulate [rent] prices.”. I mean, income limits.

Financial choice is not the last one on the table. People familiar with the matter confirmed that without demolition, the Ministry of transport also forced the extension of rents in tense areas. As long as these areas – which will be defined by other indicators such as the official price index and CPI growth – keep prices soaring, tenants have the right to stay in their homes. This will prevent landlords from increasing rents in new contracts after the initial five or seven-year contract period.

Although the teams of the two departments no longer hold weekly meetings, the intersection of “telephone and information” still exists. Social rights are also changing. According to the same source, it should have proposed a general formula for the autonomous region to set price limits. This will avoid disagreements with PSOE, support Catalonia’s price control rules – get our support and wait for the PP to appeal in the Constitution – and open the way for other regions to do the same.

At the Ministry of social rights, they remain silent and insist that their will and main recommendation is to comply with the coalition government convention, which refers to “limiting the abuse of rent increases”. “It’s a national competition, and we respect competition in other areas very much, but we can’t avoid that,” a senior transport official explained. Although the housing policy has been handed over to the community, the urban leasing law, which manages the rent, is a national law. At present, it stipulates that the rent is “freely determined by the parties”.

The main stumbling block, whether it is to set a price cap according to the PSOE’s requirements or to provide tax incentives for renters according to the PSOE’s recommendations, still exists, and time is passing. The commitment to Brussels is to settle the negotiations by the end of June and to do as much as possible in terms of transport. ” We will try to do it, “he said. A long-term parliamentary process will then begin: the plan to send it to Europe indicates that the law will come into force by the middle of next year. A source consulted by Minister Jos é Luis Á balos’s office said the deadline was “realistic” because it was expected that the provision would cause “extensive debate” and lead to many amendments in Congress and the Senate.

After the consensus reached in the past few months, no problems are expected, but among other measures, it will become the first national democratic housing law. The focus is on measures to prevent evictions and punish vacant housing. For the latter, the idea is to allow municipalities to charge more IBI (real estate tax) on houses that are unreasonably vacant. The open question is whether it involves only legal persons (enterprises) or individuals, and how many houses (only for big owners).

While deportation is also a sensitive issue for both sides – in the negotiations for special measures during the pandemic at the end of last year – the fact is that neither side has noticed significant differences on this issue. On the basis of the recommendations that have been adopted between December and January, the aim is to maintain the possibility of courts temporarily suspending the expulsion of vulnerable families until alternative housing is found. It is limited to civil proceedings. In the latest legislation, the expansion of criminal cases has triggered protests from the real estate sector, and the people’s party and vox have filed two appeals to the constitutional court.