Housing, a basic right that does not reach everyone

Housing, a basic right that does not reach everyone

supply shortage in a limited territory rising rents, mortgages that do not stop rising in a difficult economic situation, an important stock of empty buildings, complex administrative procedures, expansion of the holiday model... There are many factors that have made the difficulty of accessing decent housing at an affordable price one of the main problems in the Canary Islands. The political formations recognize the urgency of the situation and include in their programs specific measures so that in the medium and long term the right to housing be more than a statement.


The Socialists point out that although in its second year of execution the Housing Plan has already carried out the 40% of planned actions for its five years of validity, in the Canary Islands it is still a necessity to build protected housing public and private promotion, guarantee accessibility to housing through the social rentpromote access to housing for groups with special difficulties and improve housing conditions with criteria of energy efficiency and care for the environment.

To this end, they undertake to continue executing the Housing Planas the best instrument to deal with the housing emergency with guarantees, with the construction of 5,971 subsidized homes of public promotion.

Once the 2020-2025 Housing Plan is completed, they intend to promote a new plan for the construction of another 8,000 subsidized homes for social rental. will enable direct aid of up to 100% rentto supply or community expenses, to offer housing solutions as immediate as possible to victims of gender violence, homeless people, families subject to evictions and other cases of vulnerable people and will continue to promote measures to remove empty houses to the market.

Strengthen the promotion of temporary accommodation, residential modalities type cohousing, intergenerational housing and other similar ones in which the private area of ​​accommodation or housing is reduced and the interrelation surface is increased compared to the usual solutions and continue fostering rehabilitationaccessibility and energy efficiency through aid for individuals are also socialist proposals.

Residential building under construction.



Unity and sustained action at all levels of government is for the PP Indispensable condition to face the problem of access to housing in the Canary Islands, whether for rent or ownership, given that no administration can solve it on its own.

From the rejection of interventionist approaches, they propose to update the Housing Law of the Canary Islands in order to give legal security both the landlord and the tenant and reach an agreement with the public administrations on a multi-year housing construction plan that allows offering access to housing to Canarian families at affordable prices.

Faced with their special difficulty in becoming independent, the popular ones commit to developing specific aid programs for the access of young people to the first home and to implement a system of guarantees for young purchases that cover up to 20% of the appraisal value of the home. They also propose to improve accessibility and energy efficiency of the public housing stock in the Canary Islands and its comprehensive rehabilitation.

They will catalog the empty and closed properties existing on the islands that can be rented and will promote the creation of information campaigns continued to people requesting public housing, in order to give a greater diffusion of the measures to which they can benefit.

Likewise, they are committed to formalizing agreements with large holders of housing (developers or banks) for the acquisition or temporary transfer of real estate in order to increase the stock of social rental housing. They defend the right to private property and the fight against illegal occupation and they advance their intention to create a care office for victims of illegal occupation with a free telephone number.


CC emphasizes that there is a housing stock in the real estate market that not available to citizensbut in the hands of large holders, such as banking and financial entities or their real estate subsidiaries, investment funds and vulture funds that speculate by causing prices to increase.

The nationalist formation sees especially necessary simplify administrative procedures for access to housing, especially shortening the deadlines for the awarding procedure of publicly promoted subsidized housing and definitively eliminating the awarding by lottery.

They undertake to activate a Plan 5.0 that promotes the placing on the market of 7,000 homes with measures such as increasing the public housing stock through new construction and acquisition of already built ones, to encourage the placing on the market of uninhabited or vacant dwellingss and to promote an extraordinary program to help access the purchase of a first home for youth.

Promoting access to rental is a basic pillar for CC, which is why they are committed to increasing the public housing park available to low-income families. They assume the commitment to rehabilitate the oldest buildings in the public park in order to maintain the building quality and their surroundings for a better quality of life for the winning families.

Tourists before a panel of real estate advertisements.



The canarian formation advocates implementing realistic and viable measures to respond to one of the greatest vital needs, such as the right to live in decent housing in a complex situation. To deal with the problem, they bet, first of all, on the protected housing construction designing a territorialized map of homes to be built: detecting the land already available and that each administration build and promote on its own land. This would eliminate land transfers to the Canary Islands Community, which delay projects so much.

They also defend the need for inject more resources, more rental aid, more rehabilitation and more public-private collaboration. They agree to implement a plan that includes the implementation of at least 5,000 new homes throughout the next legislature.

Another of the axes of its program is the reinforcement of social emergency plans: promoting and expanding the Canarias PROHOGAR program for the most vulnerable populationwho is at risk of being evicted from her home for not being able to afford the rent or in the process of foreclosure.

Faced with the challenge posed by the aging of the Canarian population, they are committed to promote new housing models-already existing in Nordic countries- such as shared housing.

NC also defends establishing limits on rental pricesespecially in stressed areas with exorbitant prices that prevent access to housing and seek mechanisms that limit the acquisition of homes by foreigners not rooted in the islands, a phenomenon that has been taking place in different parts of the world and that distorts the market, making access to housing even more difficult for the resident population.


For Unidas Sí Podemos, the current situation is the result of a urban speculation model and real estate in which the norm of maximizing without limits the profitability of homes is imposed in the face of a basic right of citizenship.

Given this, they defend developing public housing policies in accordance with the demand of the Canarian and resident population, which involves greater investment in public housing and regulating the real estate market on the islands, especially emphasizing actions in those residential areas under stress or with marked gentrification, to ensure that the population resident can live in their rooting places and belonging.

Among their proposals are to promote a process of participatory elaboration of the Comprehensive Canary Islands Housing Law that exceeds the current framework, carry out a detailed study of the housing situation in each of the islands that serves as a basis for the development of a strategic planstudy and, where appropriate, implement reforms to the vacation home regulations, and promote the transfer of properties seized by banks rescued by the State.

They defend the creation of a registry of large owners/holders in order to identify the number of empty or uninhabited homes that can be subject to free transfer to public administrations or that its use may be expropriated through compensation in order to respond to the residential emergency.

Likewise, they propose to diversify the forms of access to housing beyond purchase or rental, with policies for the promotion and consolidation of collaborative housing projects in assignment of use (cohousing) and to intervene in the housing market to restrict or condition the sale of homes to foreignersfor reasons of general interest.