In his response to a parliamentary question raised in the Congress, the minister said that "the Government faces the right to housing as a basic pillar of the welfare state" and has called for dialogue between all actors, social organizations, private sector and other public administrations.

In this context and exposing the measures to be taken, the person in charge of the Department has affirmed that work is being carried out within the framework of the Investiture Agreements and that the first thing is to recognize that "we are facing a matter of social urgency", as has corroborated the Justice in a recent sentence that supports the Royal Decree-Law of March 1, "which introduced more than 20 measures that give tenants greater security and guarantees, greater certainty and limited the increases in contracts to the CPI."

In this sense, Ábalos has detailed that the investment in housing policies, according to Eurostat data, is located in Spain around 0.11% of GDP, (data from 2016, last published by said agency) well below the European average located at 0.57% or France at 0.82%.

To alleviate this situation, the minister has pointed out the need to design a medium and long term strategy based on the increase in the supply of rental housing, especially around social rent, with a battery of measures such as the following:

  • Increase the supply of housing, new or rehabilitated, at an affordable price.
  • Perfect incentives and grants to landlords and tenants.
  • Facilitate a regulation that limits the rise in rental prices, especially in certain stressed areas.

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