The union of tenants of Gran Canaria asks to restrict the holiday rental "primarily on residential land". This is just one of the measures included in the housing program that the group presented yesterday with the aim of reducing the number ofevictionsin the Archipelago where, according to information, in 2018 3,808 were produced. Of them, 65% has taken place "for non-payment of rent", explained Isabel Saavedra, lawyer of the group.
According to the trade union organization, 40.2% of the population of the Canary Islands is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, which means that in many cases they have difficulties in accessing decent housing. A fact that is aggravated by the rise in the rental price by 24.9% in 2018 compared to the previous year and which, they pointed out, is unbalanced with "the growth of salaries by 4%".
The expansion of the vacation rental, which has triggered the prices of the lease of houses without there is still a regulation to regulate this activity, has become one of the main reasons why many people are forced to lose their homes because they can not face the increases imposed by the owners. Hence, from the union request a delimitation of the number of houses that can undergo this type of tourism exploitation.
To eradicate the evictions from the collective also promote that, of all the new developments of houses that are made, "40% of the built to public housing is destined", said the spokesman, Ruymán Rodríguez. They also include in their program of measures the "limitation of the rental price", especially in those areas that are more sensitive to gentrifying processes.
The rent, which in Las Palmas is an average of 997 euros, is not the only thing that has risen in the archipelago. According to statistics published yesterday by Tinsa IMIE General and Grandes Mercados, the average cost of finished housing, both new and used, grew by 8% in March compared to the same period in 2018.