Pablo Híjar, at a press conference on Wednesday at the City Council
The municipal society of Zaragoza-Housing has awarded 634 social rental homes in three years -from 2015 to 2018- compared to 573 of the three previous legislatures, between 2003 and 2015. These data reveal that there have been 17.6 adjudications to the month over the 6,6 of the previous mandate or the 2,3 of the period 2003-07.
Estimates suggest that the current mandate could reach 840 homes, which would be a “conservative” projection, said Councilor for Housing and Sports, Pablo Híjar. “The policies of the city council have changed for good and it is not enough, but all that is in our hands will be to meet these demands.”
At a press conference, Híjar said that of the 634 social rental houses awarded, 61 percent are of general access through the municipal social rent bag; while the remaining 33 percent are due to housing emergency to respond to judicial proceedings for mortgage or rental debt, to serve vulnerable groups such as
victims of sexist violence, refugees or homeless.
The coexistence units that access by the general procedure must meet three basic conditions such as having a home, being registered in Zaragoza and having an annual net income of more than 5,100 euros and less than 26,855 euros.
The next group, by number, accesses through the Municipal Housing Office, which is 18.3 percent. These are families immersed in legal proceedings for mortgage debt or for rent and with high risk of losing their home. They only access social rental housing when mediation interventions have no positive result and there is no other alternative to avoid social exclusion.
10.5 percent of housing emergency cases are solved through the agreement between
Zaragoza-Housing and the Government of Aragon for vulnerable living units in a housing emergency due to the loss of their habitual residence. With the same objective, 4.3 percent of the allotments deriving from the agreement with the General Council of the Judiciary are dealt with.
In this regard, Híjar has considered that this agreement, which dates from the previous term “should not be used because it is exceeded and has no legal framework is only an agreement.”
The other 5.9 percent of the awards come from situations of vulnerability linked to programs of the Social Rights area of the Zaragoza City Council.
Híjar has detailed that the homes come from the program of municipal social rent that reach more than 350 signed homes, from the conversion of 191 sheltered housing for rent in a block of Parque Goya that supposed an “important niche” and other operations as it will shorten the times between the departure of one tenant and the entrance of another.
“At present there are more than 2,200 social rental houses and before 2015 there were 1,535, which is a difference of almost 40 percent.”
On the other hand, he has opined that it is “urgent” that the Government presided by Pedro Sánchez undertakes the reform of the Mortgage Law and the Urban Leasing Law, in addition to placing limitations on the rental price.
Híjar has reported that last week there was an eviction of a family that had regularized their social rental housing, but was in a bad situation.
“It was a substandard housing, there was a problem with the property that led to the non-payment of rent for what was evicted, this family should be the responsibility of the Government of Aragon realojarla, but it has been Zaragoza-Housing who has taken over.”
In this regard, has indicated that it attracts attention because it occurs with assiduity that many houses of cheap rentals of financial entities and individuals are in very poor condition and there is misinformation and defenselessness of the tenants because they do not know the rights that assist them, so the City Council considers how to establish some point of advice for these affected.
Híjar has warned that an eviction is planned next Tuesday for a Roma couple with 3 children living in housing
occupied by an entity with which it was reached a commitment to study the situation to offer a social rent but when moving to Sareb “the bad bank disregards the commitments with the family and activates the eviction”.
Zaragoza Housing has been trying to mediate in this case for a year and has relied on an attempt of the