Access To Protected Housing Almost Impossible Mission For The Spanish

Access to housing is one of the great social problems in Spain. Especially for the younger generations. Faced with this situation, eyes turn to protected housing, although access to them is “almost an impossible mission” , as revealed by the Aedas Homes Observatory July 2021.

Those surveyed by the promoter put 7.2 (on a scale of 0 to 10) the complexity of access to protected housing. The text explains that this perception is echoed in official data, since the number of protected homes that have been delivered in recent years in Spain has decreased significantly, from 68,007 in 2007 to 23,401 in 2019 , according to the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

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By communities, the feeling of greater difficulty in accessing VPO is observed in the Balearic Islands (7.8), Catalonia (7.6) and Andalusia (7.5) . While Asturians, Extremadura, Rioja and Cantabrians (all below 7) believe that it is something more feasible. In addition, according to the number of children, the perception varies: those who have five or more children find it even more impossible to access protected housing (8.3).

“In view of the scenario that our Observatory throws, it seems clear that public-private collaboration seems necessary to also favor access to protected housing, whether owned or rented, ” says David Martínez, CEO of Aedas Homes, who urges the different administrations to work in two directions to respond to the needs of society. First, it asks to put land under load to produce protected housing for purchase at an affordable price, and then to promote initiatives such as the Plan Vive of the Community of Madrid to promote rental flats with affordable rents.

The culture of the VPO in property
After verifying that living in a VPO is little less than a chimera, the Observatory has also asked about the preferred regime in the event that they could access protected housing.

55.1% would opt for the purchase, 38.8% for the rent with option to buy and 6.1% for the rent. By age, only young people are inclined to rent with the option to buy as the first choice, slightly ahead of the purchase .

This culture of ownership of the VPO rises as the majority in 16 of the 17 autonomous communities (in all except Asturias) and registered its highest in Navarra (65.3%) and La Rioja (64%).

Taking into account the personal or family situation, the purchase would also be the great preference, except among those who live with their parents (54.5% opt for rent with the option to buy). 62% of couples with children prefer VPO in property, 53.8% of couples, 49.6% of those who live alone and 47.1% of those who reside alone with children .

4,000 people participated in the Aedas Homes study -which has ignored the year 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic.

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