The acting Judiciary certifies its rejection of the housing law

The acting General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) has certified this Thursday its rejection of the Bill for the Right to Housing, one of the star projects of the coalition government. A majority of members, gathered in an ordinary plenary session, have given their approval to the paper prepared by the councilors José Antonio Ballestero, chosen at the proposal of the PP; and Enrique Lucas, appointed at the proposal of the PNV; that questions some of the key aspects of the standard, inform sources from the governing body of the judges. The opinion has gone ahead with 15 votes in favor and six against. It needed eleven votes to be approved.

The judiciary in office criticizes the lack of "sufficient compensation" to landlords for price control

The acting Judiciary criticizes the lack of "sufficient compensation" to landlords for price control

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Ballestero and Lucas drafted a new proposal after the rejection of the plenary to a previous text by the progressive Álvaro Cuesta, designated as the first speaker, and who raised, although with some objections, support this rule. The six members who have voted against the report that was finally approved —all from the progressive minority— have announced that they will present a particular vote. Despite having its mandate expired for more than three years, the CGPJ maintains among its functions the preparation of reports on bills and other provisions. Although the conclusions of this report are not binding for the Government, its approval is a mandatory procedure. With the opinion approved, the text can now go to the Council of Ministers and then start its parliamentary process.

The report proposal of both members, which has been approved without major changes, raised objections to one of the most relevant measures of the new law: the brake on the rise in rental prices in so-called stressed areas, located mainly in large cities. He described as "cumbersome" the article that allows capping certain rents and questioned that the "patrimonial burden" of that measure does not fall on the Public Administrations, but on "private landlords" who, in the opinion of the speakers, are not "sufficiently compensated with tax incentives” provided for in the standard.

He also stressed that the new regulation supposes a "clear limitation" of the autonomous powers in this matter and criticized the "clear leadership" of the action of the autonomous and local institutions in this area which, in his opinion, may have a "problematic fit" in the constitutional order of competences.

This report – which was already expected to be critical of the preliminary draft – has put pressure on the coalition government in recent days. Especially, after United We Can show their misgivings about the attitude that the socialists may maintain after its approval. The concern in the minority partner intensified this week after the head of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, spoke of the possibility of including "improvements" once they had the opinion in his hands. However, the socialists they had ruled out making changes that would affect substantial aspects of the law. "The Government makes laws that are constitutional. The report is mandatory but not binding. We are going to make a good law," they tried a few days ago to calm things down in Moncloa.

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