Housing Market in Spain

From the IMF’s latest report on Spain:

“Continued efforts to address housing affordability challenges would support growth, facilitate labor mobility across regions and reduce inequality. Prior to the pandemic, limited rental housing supply hampered by relatively inefficient building regulations contributed to a surge in rental prices, creating affordability problems and limiting labor mobility (especially for young people and other vulnerable groups). The draft housing law and the national housing plan aim to address the existing challenges. To limit increases in rent prices in stressed areas, the law introduces rent caps on large landlords and tax incentives for small landlords to keep rents low. While these may benefit tenants in the short term, rent caps could introduce inefficiencies and restrict the availability of properties for future tenants. Further evaluation of these measures would be useful to gauge their impact. The envisaged targeted rent support programs for vulnerable groups are welcome. However, they should be combined with effective supply measures to avoid further pressures on rent prices. The increase of taxes on empty properties and the expansion of the social housing stock, which are contemplated in the proposed reform, should help increase rent supply. The RTRP envisages €1 billion for the construction of new public social rental dwellings in 2022–23. Additional policies to increase housing supply could include simplifying land use regulations and accelerating licensing processes at the regional government level.”

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Labels: Global Housing Watch


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