Palma.—A retired couple, who had recently been informed that they were going to be evicted from their Cas Catala home in Calvia for defaulting on their payments, committed suicide yesterday.

The couple aged 67 and 68 were allegedly some 60'000 euros in arrears and had apparently been given until February 19 to settle their outstanding debts or the property would be seized. The couple were found dead by one of their sons just after 2.30pm at the property in calle Barranc.

At the house a suicide note was also discovered explaining why the couple had decided to take such tragic action.
The emergency services were called but all they could do was certify their deaths. According to sources close to the investigation, it appears that the two took an overdose of medication but the results of the autopsy will confirm the exact cause of death.

From the start of the financial crisis in 2007, there have been more than 370'000 evictions linked to unpaid mortgages in Spain, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and dragging an unpayable debt.

The evictions have also lead to a spate of suicides over the past year which has forced the government to launch a social housing plan offering properties at low rents to some families who have been evicted from their homes.

The Spanish government suspended evictions for two years for those most in need last November in response to mounting public anger, including those with young children, the disabled and the long-term unemployed.