The countdown to the elections is underway, but the Government has not exhausted all its legislative initiatives. One of his most striking parliamentary defeats in the last leg of the legislature was the decree that lengthened rents from three to five years. Podemos and other left-wing members voted against the validation of the text because they considered it insufficient, and they called on the Executive to continue talking about the matter. The fall of the Budget has hastened the end of the legislature, but has not stopped those conversations. Between Podemos and the Government there have been meetings and exchange of proposals. Neither party rules out that this ends up being embodied in a new decree. What seems to be ruled out is that it can be produced before March 5, the day the cameras will be dissolved. So it would have to be the permanent deputation in charge of validating it to turn it into law.
In the Ministry of Development, responsible for housing policies, do not reject that possibility. At an information breakfast on Tuesday, the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Pedro Saura, has left open that door that seemed closed days ago. "The President of the Government and the Minister [de Fomento] they have said that we are going to govern until the last minute, "Saura said in a circle with journalists after the event," we have clear what we want to do, I can not say more. " This Monday, the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, pronounced himself in a similar line during the wheel of prey after the executive meeting of the PSOE.
Measures to control rents
During his speech at the breakfast briefing organized by Exexutive Forum, Saura referred to price control, the main obstacle to the decree that was rejected, since it did not include any measures in this regard. "We think that some rental price indices have to be regulated in Spain that do not exist and are important to know the reality", assured the Secretary of State, who has opted to move the subsequent price regulations to local administrations and autonomic
That bet is in line with what Podemos proposes. "The obstacle is basically price control," confirms Lucía Martín, Housing spokesperson for the purple formation in the Congress. "We have the issue technically very worked, but it is difficult to reach an agreement because they many of these things come new," he adds. But the background music, a state regulation that says how you can develop price indices and define how you can then use the regional and local administrations to declare stressed areas and set limits to the increase in income, does not differ much between what they point out in Podemos and in Fomento. In fact, it is what was already included in the Budget agreement that Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias signed last October.
In all other topics, says Martin, there is practically agreement. Even in some issues that would "improve" the previous decree as the referencing of the income to a specific index (IPC or whatever) so that within a single contract the owner can not raise the price randomly. Another question will be to obtain sufficient political support so that, if the decree is made concrete, it will be approved by the permanent deputation. This body that replaces the Congress when the chambers are dissolved respects the current majorities, so the support of the nationalist deputies would be needed. Regardless of political considerations, Podemos believes that it would not be a stumbling block. "We have already voted twice in this legislature on housing and we have had a favorable vote," says Martín.