There have been reports in the British media about plans by the Balearic government to try and limit the sale of homes on the island to non-residents (namely foreigners). There is little chance of this plan ever prospering because it breaks many European Union laws but it has become a talking point. One report in the British media suggested that many homes in Deya were owned by millionaires and village life had been destroyed. Yes, a considerable number of properties in Deya are owned by foreigners who spend only a few weeks a year in their Mallorca mountain getaway. In most cases these homes were sold by their original Mallorca owners to the foreign buyers for a big profit. Has village life being destroyed? Well, I wouldn´t say that it has been destroyed but it is a different Deya to the one Robert Graves moved to more than 80 years ago.
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I find it interesting, who and how has they actually come to the conclusion there are 200 empty properties? Snooped around? Spoken to neighbours? Find it debatable where you draw the line of "an empty house". Maybe someone can clarify how they know that it is exactly 200 "empty" houses in Deia?
More subsidised housing (on brown field sites) and some sort of rent control is the only solution. The argument goes that land is too expensive - well the government owns plenty of land already, the old Guardia civil site and the old prison in Palma for example!