Empty flats 'will face compulsory purchase'

26th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2005, BARCELONA — The Spanish government denied claims it would compulsory purchase empty flats if owners refused to rent them out.

26 October 2005

BARCELONA — The Spanish government denied claims it would compulsory purchase empty flats if owners refused to rent them out.

María Antonia Trujillo, housing minister, denied claims in the Spanish daily El Mundo that a draft law would force owners to rent out vacant properties.

The new law aims to encourage property owners to rent out their empty homes in a bid to cool the housing boom and ease Spain's lack of affordable housing.

She told a meeting in Barcelona the government wants to offer incentives to property owners to rent out homes.

Currently many homes lie empty and are passed on from generation to generation.

Tenants have such a large number of rights in Spain it can be difficult for owners to expel them if necessary or to collect rent if the refuse to pay.

The new law will offer more "guarantees" owners will be paid rent or can expel tenants.

Trujillo denied the government would "expropriate" empty flats or carry out compulsory purchases.

El Mundo claimed it had gained access to copies of the draft law which suggested property owners could face fines if they insisted on keeping flats or houses empty.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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