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Factsheet for case ES-2020-14/607 – measures in Spain

New aid programme to help vulnerable groups in regular home rentals

Nuevo programa de ayudas para contribuir a minimizar el impacto económico y social del COVID-19 en los alquileres de vivienda habitual

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Case created 14 April 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)

Background information

The purpose of this program is to grant rental aids, through direct award, to tenants of habitual residence who, as a consequence of the economic and social impact of COVID-19, have transitory problems to attend to the partial or total payment of rent and fit into the assumptions of economic and social vulnerability that are defined and that will include in any case, and as a minimum, the situations defined in article 5 of royal decree-law 11/2020.

Thus and without undermining other actions, this program will aim to face the difficulty in repaying those transitory financing aid contracted by vulnerable households that have not recovered from their situation of vulnerability caused as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and, therefore, cannot face the repayment of said loans.

Content of measure

Beneficiaries of this programme are those individuals who, in their condition as tenants of habitual residence fit into the assumptions of economic and social vulnerability referred to in the previous section. They may request support from this program, presenting transitory problems to attend to the partial or total payment of the rent.

The amount of this aid will be up to €900 per month and up to 100% of the rental income or, where appropriate, up to 100% of the principal and interest of the loan that has been subscribed with which the paid the rent of the habitual residence. The exact bodies of each Autonomous Community and the Cities of Ceuta and Melilla will determine the exact amount of these grants, within the limits established for this program. For these purposes, they may attach a report from the corresponding regional or local social services, in which the exceptional and supervening circumstances of the beneficiary as a consequence of the economic and social impact of COVID-19 are addressed and assessed.

Use of measure

No data available

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

Social partners were not involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this measure.

Views and reactions

Social partners were supportive of this measure.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), New aid programme to help vulnerable groups in regular home rentals, case ES-2020-14/607 (measures in Spain), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.