The Mayors of the main cities in the Barcelona metropolitan area today called on the Government of Catalonia and the Parliament of Catalonia to take a firm stance on housing with the new law substituting Law 24/2015 on the housing emergency, partially suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court. The new law is already being debated in parliament.
The Mayors of Barcelona, Badalona, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Terrassa and Sabadell have asked to be taken in to account when the new law is created, calling for the process to be as ambitious as possible and for their proposed modifications to be considered. According to Ada Colau, a law is needed which is up to what the circumstances require. “The law which is currently being finalised in parliament is insufficient”, affirmed the Mayor.
The group of Mayors expressed the necessity to adapt the new law to changing needs, such as the fact that 95% of evictions are due to unpaid rent. They also called for the new law to oblige owners of large pools of property to guarantee rehousing in all eviction cases involving vulnerable families. Colau also called for the new law to offer the possibility of regulating housing rental prices.
“The housing emergency is far from being resolved. It’s setting in, getting worse and changing the profile of those affected”, pointed out the Mayor. “We demand this law is as vigorous as possible and doesn’t just settle for the minimum”, concluded Colau.
The Mayor also explained that even though measures to guarantee housing for all citizens have been strengthened, last week the city had to deal with as many as 102 evictions. Although only 6 were carried out, and families were guaranteed alternative housing, the situation is still at its limit.