Housing

Barcelona becomes the epicentre of the housing policy debate

Between today and tomorrow, the FHAR (Forum on Housing and Rehabilitation) brings together a dozen round tables with the participation of local and international members from cities such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Bologna, as well as academia, social organisations…

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn’t have to be this way

Britain has enough housing – it’s just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich. By George Monbiot for The Guardian I have a friend who works almost every waking hour, mainly to pay the…

Miss Hong Kong: “No place to sleep, how can you dream?”

That’s correct, but the issue here was not the refugees from the Middle East and Africa, it was young people in Hong Kong and the speaker, newly voted into the role of Miss Hong Kong of 2015, Louisa Mak Ming-sze. Her…

Spain’s housing activists scale up squatter movement

Ter Garcia and Diego Sanz Paratcha November 18, 2013 What makes a movement turn into a landlord? Over the past two years in Catalonia, Spain, more than 700 people have made empty houses owned by banks their new homes…

European Court decides that Spanish eviction law doesn’t protect citizens

By Pilar Paricio The European Court of Justice has judged that Spanish eviction law violates European Law as it doesn’t protect citizens from possible abusive clauses that banks have included in their mortgage contracts. Specifically Spanish law prevents judges from…

Demonstrations across Spain to demand the right to housing and the end of evictions

Following the report in Pressenza yesterday about the elderly couple in Majorca who committed suicide under pressure from their debts we report on social demonstrations taking part in Spain tomorrow. The Platform of Mortgage Holders and groups of 15M (The…