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Home seizures are causing misery 


Politicians have criticised the number of homes standing empty across the Canary Islands.

Izquierda Unida de Canarias (United Left Canaries) says there are 15,300 empty homes in the archipelago, with 9,433 forclosures between 2008 and 2012.

General coordinator, Ramón Trujillo said the proportion was 16 empty homes for every foreclosure and he blamed “bad government” for not putting the right to housing first.

He said figures showed the Canary Islands suffered no shortage of housing as there were 515 dwellings per 1,000 inhabitants. This, he said, was above the European average which stood at 438 dwellings per 1,000 people.

Sr. Trujillo said the Canary Government had expelled thousands of people from their homes whilst the number of owners with more than 50 homes or buildings had increased by 18%.

The IUC felt the government should have a greater bank of social housing to help alleviate people’s misery – the Canaries had 16,500 but the European average was 93,000.

Various measures are being considered by the IUC, including prohibiting the eviction of home owners who have lost their jobs, a greater bank of social housing and penalties for vacant properties.