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The fight for a fairer evictions law

Activists appeal to the government to approve a sweeping reform of Spain’s mortgage regulations, in an effort to bring to an end the country’s repossessions crisis.

March 18th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Squatting wave pushes for improved Spanish housing policy

Spain’s crisis and the country’s peculiar laws have left several million homes empty and hundreds of thousands of families with enormous debts. Many of those unable to pay their mortgage end up squatting.

March 12th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Saved from eviction… for now

Ronald de la Cruz addresses a crowd of activists who have turned out to help stop his family from being evicted from their home for failing to keep up mortgage payments. Ronald is a Dominican man who bought a flat in Villaverde Alto, Madrid, in 2004 for 216,000 euros. After losing his job in the construction sector, he was unable to keep up payments on the flat and the bank valued it at half its original price. This negative equity, plus interest and legal fees mean Ronald will still owe the bank thousands even if it manages to take back the property. On this occasion, the protest outside the flat persuaded the legal authorities to suspend the repossession for several days, just minutes after Ronald spoke to supporters. The PAH anti-eviction platform estimates that around 200 evictions are taking place in Spain each day.

February 14th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

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