The two capitals are calling on the state to regulate rent prices to guarantee the right to housing and avoid residents having to leave their neighbourhoods. The joint demand is the result of a meeting today between Janet Sanz, Gala Pin and Josep Maria Montaner with the Councillor for Sustainable Urban Development at Madrid City Council, José Manuel Calvo.
The new work group will have the aim of jointly looking for measures, tools and possible legislative changes to prevent neighbourhoods from losing their identity and residents and traditional commerce from upping and leaving.
The workgroup will meet at least once a quarter and feature political and technical representation from both cities with the aim of joint learning via the exchange of experiences, analysis and good practice being developed by both. The idea is to determine the best tools available to act in cases which are already occurring, and in particular, to combat future cases.
Barcelona and Madrid have combined to call on the state to drive the regulation of rent prices and roll out a policy designed to preserve the right to housing. The Deputy Mayor for Urban Ecology, Janet Sanz, insisted that legislation on rents is needed at a state level as “the current deregulation doesn’t preserve the right to housing, but rather means people have to leave their neighbourhoods”.
For his part, José Manuel Calvo explained that Barcelona and Madrid are working towards sustainable city models both socially and environmentally. “We’re backing complex cities with a mixture of uses and a homogenous quality of life in neighbourhoods, where there is no segregation of inhabitants and areas with only tourist activity which ends up driving out citizens”, he added.