Ione Belarra extends the housing law political battle and Raquel Snchez’s announcement on Twitter – CVBJ


Owners and tenants, for keys and news about the new housing law

The passing of the Housing Act was never just a social, but also a political issue, in which the two partners, but especially United Podemos, played a good part of the earnings in front of their electorate. Both the PSOE and the UP have shown during the year that the negotiations to carry them out have taken time and that even after the agreement and approval of the Council of Ministers, rivalry was evident.

During the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Development Rachel SanchezAt the press conference after the meeting on Tuesday, the Minister of Social Rights reported on the norm. Ione BelarraHe has counter-planned the appearance by posting a video on Twitter in which he claims, among other things, his responsibility for the future law.

“Today I wanted to bring you some good news: the Council of Ministers has passed the first democratic housing law in our country. A regulation that we worked on for many months, ”began the Secretary General of Podemos.

“This law, which implies an absolute paradigm shift, will enable us for the first time to move forward in guaranteeing the right to housing and to put an end to property speculation, which is one of the great scourges” in our country, “he continued away.

For a little over four minutes, Belarra outlines the milestones of future regulation and particularly highlights the initiatives to intervene in rental prices. “This measure is essential and I think it is very well designed because it protects the tenants who are the weakest part of the equation; makes it easy for small owners to freeze rents and at the same time receive tax incentives to cut prices, and also requires the necessary shared responsibility from large owners, because it enables housing companies to “Our country will lend a little shoulder and provide us with affordable housing for all citizens “, He assures in this context.

In the wake of Pablo Iglesias

Belarra is transferring the rivalry that both partners have maintained in the last few days of negotiations over labor reform to the area of ​​housing policy. “I think this is not a problem of content, but a problem of visibility,” said the former vice-president and former general secretary of Podemos last night. Pablo Iglesias, during a radio intervention.

His words, which then relate to the confrontation between the vice president of the labor, Yolanda daz (UP) and the Vice President for Economy, Nadia Calvio (PSOE) for their participation in the labor reform negotiations also found relevance hours later in the actions of Belarra.

An action that also replicates the strategy that Iglesias itself implemented last December, following the paralysis of evictions. At that time, the then Vice President used the famous social network to counterprogram the then Minister of Transport, Jos Luis Baloswhile he reported on the emergency regulation in view of the pandemic.

Beyond the forms, the Belarra video did not provide any new details on the content of the standard. When the Minister for Social Rights published her tweet, the Minister Raquel Snchez worked after the Council of Ministers to ensure that the future Housing Act “guarantees the legal security of the owner and does not jeopardize private property”. On the contrary, Sánchez sees it as a “homogeneous and stable” framework for the market across the country and rules out that it “poses a threat to investment funds and their interests in our country”.

Key to the law

The regulations permanently protect the public stock of social housing, which may not be sold. In addition, the concept of Incentives for affordable housing privately owned, granting “tax breaks or otherwise” to owners who offer rental at discounted rates.

In order to mobilize living space and avoid empty floors, the design looks Surcharges of up to 150% to the IBI in the liquid rate. This will open the area from the current 50% up to 150%. This maximum surcharge applies to unoccupied apartments that have been inhabited for more than two years and for owners who own at least four apartments in the same municipality.

Minister Sanchez has insisted that the draft housing law “reconciles the interests of both tenants and property owners” as it offers tax benefits to small owners with fewer than ten homes.

With that in mind, the government intends to provide an affordable tax boost to residential rental with deductions of 50% to 90% income tax (IRPF).

In crisis areas where landlords reduce their rent by 5% compared to the previous contract, the bonus is 90%. When renting out to young people between 18 and 35 years of age in the polluted areas for the first time, the deduction is 70%. If renovation or improvement work has been carried out on the property, the discount is 60%.

Stressed areas

Likewise, owners who sign a contract of at least 10 years can get rid of the price freeze in tense areas and increase the rent up to 10% against contract extension. In addition, the tenant can extend his contract in these areas by three more years than currently planned, assuming the same conditions, so that the rent increases longer with the CPI alone.

The local administrations are responsible for defining the declaration of the contaminated areas, e.g.for a period of three years, but may be renewed from year to year. The declaration of a polluted area involves the formulation of a “specific plan to guide the measures and reverse the imbalances”. It also provides an exceptional mechanism to contain and lower prices in these areas.

There is one, however Moratorium of 18 months from the approval of the law until the benchmark price index rules in the tense areas, as the minister believes it is a “complex” system that requires analysis of each area and therefore takes a while to be “rigorous”, although he added that this is 18 months “Maximum” period.

The draft also obliges Reserve 30% of the urbanized land for sheltered housing, but “the appropriate compensations are granted when acquired rights are concerned”. Of this percentage there is a possibility that half will be used for social rent.

The executive therefore intends to expand the public housing stock, which is currently limited to around 290,000 apartments, with a coverage of 1.6% of the population compared to 10% of the surrounding countries. To this end, cooperation between local administrations is sought, but also public-private cooperation with the institutions and representatives of the sector, as Sánchez has emphasized.

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