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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-21/1899 – measures in Spain

Grants to aid those unable to meet rental payments in Madrid

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

Country Spain , applies regionally

    • – ES30 Comunidad de Madrid
Time period Open ended, started on 18 May 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Measure added 28 April 2021 (updated 11 May 2021)

Background information

The health emergency has brought a large part of the professional and economic activity to a halt, which is affecting many citizens who have seen their income reduced and, with it, their ability to meet various financial obligations indispensable in their daily life. Among them are the holders of leases, which are unable to meet the payment of rental income from their usual dwellings.

This policy initiative consists of direct concession grants to help individuals who are tenants of a habitual residence in the Community of Madrid, who prove they are in a situation of economic and social vulnerability as a result of COVID-19.

Content of measure

Those who can benefit from these grants are people who, are tenants of a habitual residence in the Community of Madrid, and can prove that they are in a situation of economic and social vulnerability as a result of COVID-19.

The cases of economic vulnerability as a result of the health emergency caused by COVID-19 will require the joint concurrence of the following requirements:

  • That the person who is obliged to pay the rental income becomes, as of 1 March , 2020, in a situation of unemployment, Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE), or has reduced their working hours due to care, or other similar circumstances that involve a substantial loss of income
  • That the rental income, plus basic expenses and supplies, is greater than or equal to 35 percent of the net income received by all the members of the family unit, in the month prior to the application.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Local / regional government
Regional funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

No involvement of social partners was reported.

Views and reactions

Trade unions welcomed this policy measure, especially due to the high house rental prices in Madrid.

Sources

  • 11 May 2020: ORDEN de 11 de mayo de 2020, del Consejero de Vivienda y Administración Local, por la que se convocan las subvenciones para contribuir a minimizar el impacto económico y social del COVID-19 en los alquileres de vivienda habitual. (www.bocm.es)

Citation

Eurofound (2021), Grants to aid those unable to meet rental payments in Madrid , measure ES-2020-21/1899 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2020-21_1899.html

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