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"Rent Regulation and Tenant Protection: Spain's Shift in Property Development Law"

Updated: May 16

The new Spanish Housing Law of 2023 introduces significant changes aimed at balancing the rights of landlords and tenants, focusing on rental market stability and tenant protection. Here is a detailed breakdown of the key aspects of the law with specific statistics where applicable:

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Rent Regulation

The law establishes a cap on rent increases, with a 2% cap until December 2023, increasing to 3% in 2024, and a new rental index from 2025. In "stressed areas," rent increases are limited based on the previous contract, with a maximum increase of 10% for specific cases like property improvements or long-term contracts

Tenant Protection

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Extended rental contracts, improved eviction protection, and mandatory eviction dates and times are introduced to safeguard vulnerable tenants

The law offers out-of-court settlement procedures and alternative housing options for those at risk of eviction, enhancing tenant security

Large Property Owners

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The definition of large property owners is expanded, now requiring ownership of 5 properties in stressed areas to be considered a major property holder

This change aims to address issues related to property concentration and promote fairer property ownership distribution

Tax Incentives

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Tax incentives are introduced to encourage affordable housing rentals, with deductions ranging from 50% to 90% for landlords in stressed market areas

These incentives aim to stimulate the rental market and promote affordable housing options for tenants

Vacant Properties

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Property Tax (IBI) increases are imposed on vacant properties, ranging from 50% to 150% based on the duration of vacancy, encouraging property owners to make properties available for rent

This measure aims to address housing shortages by incentivizing the utilization of vacant properties

Public Housing

The law ensures the protection of the public social housing stock, preventing its disposal and establishing permanent protection measures for subsidized housing

By safeguarding public housing, the law aims to increase access to affordable housing for a larger segment of the population

Rental Tension Zones

The law recognizes rental tension zones based on housing payment burdens or significant price increases, allowing for specific rent reductions and controls in these areas

This provision targets areas where housing affordability is a significant concern, ensuring fair rental practices and affordability for tenants

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In summary, the new Spanish Housing Law of 2023 addresses critical issues in the rental market, emphasizing rent regulation, tenant protection, property ownership distribution, tax incentives, vacant property utilization, public housing protection, and rental tension zone recognition. These measures aim to create a more equitable and sustainable rental market in Spain, promoting affordable housing options and enhancing tenant rights and security.

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This article was written for using a combination of three AI programs; Perplexity, Gemini and Chatgpt. This was done using information inputted but Rajen at InAudio based on the profile of a company currently taking Business English classes with InAudio. After, edited with statistics and information covering the main needs and future needs of this company.

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