Squatting is increasingly a problem and the eviction time makes squatting
The driving factors and increase in
With the rising cost of basic
This in turn will disuade people from buying property in Spain unless it’s for full time occupation as renting out a property comes with increased risk and owning a property that will be empty for
The current backlog of court cases is currently more than 18 months and not enough has been done to discourage squatting.
According to the data handled by the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), the average period that homeowners in Spain must wait in 2021 was 18.1 months, taking into account both verbal possession procedures for illegal occupation of residential homes the Civil Courts of 1st Instance and Instruction (9.6 months) and the appeals of judgments of verbal trials of the Provincial Courts (8.5 months). In other words: currently final court rulings to evict squatters from homes take a little over a year and a half.
Illegal occupation affects over 100,000 properties throughout Spain and that every day there are about 40 new home occupations, according to the Platform of People Affected by Occupation. The Ministry of the Interior, for its part, records nearly 13,400 complaints between January and September 2021, with a year-on-year increase of 20%.
The risk varies depending on the Autonomous Community
By comparison the eviction for illegal occupation in the UK takes an average of just over 10 months from making the claim to repossessing the property.
Asturias 9.3 months
Navarra, 9.7 months
Aragón, 10.8 months
Galicia 13 months
Castilla-La Mancha 13 months
Basque Country 14.7 months.Valencian Community (16 months)
Catalonia (18 months)
Andalusia 20 months now
Balearic Islands (18.3 months)
Murcia it exceeds 21 months
Canary Islands, 22 months
Castilla y León, whose average period is two and a half years (30.8 months).
The worst affected Autonomous coomunity is Catalonia
Cost in terms of lost rental return and damage to the property can be enough to
Okupas as they are known in Spanish often target properties that have been reposessed by the bank.
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