On the second day of the Balearic parliament's general policy debate, the spokesperson for Podemos, Esperança Sans, called for the estimated 70,000 empty homes in the Balearics to be made available for housing.
Sans reiterated a Podemos demand for a two-year residency requirement before being allowed to buy a home in the Balearics and also proposed that 350 empty homes that are currently in the possession of the so-called 'bad bank', Sareb, be donated as housing. (Sareb was formed by the Spanish government during the financial crisis and manages assets of failed banks.)
The Podemos spokesperson stressed the need for diversification of the economy and a reduction in the dependence on tourism. The type of tourist overcrowding experienced this summer needs to be addressed, she added, and she restated a Podemos demand for the tourist tax to be raised in high summer.
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So if you have to be resident for 2 years before you can buy, that means many will totally block the rented market, so fail to see what benefit that is to the local community. Met someone today who paid only 800/month in a small town and said he was lucky as many pay up to 1500 there. Will this be affordable to local people? And how are you able to rent unless the property has a licence. To me Podemos raise more questions than answers.