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The Minister of Transport sees an agreement on the housing law as possible in the coming weeks

The housing law is one of the issues to be discussed by the executive for this year 2023, and if the predictions of the minister of transport, mobility and urban agenda are met, the parliamentary negotiations could be blocked in the coming weeks. “More important than awarding medals is that we have been doing a great job for a long time. Due to progressive forces, this law will not be approved in the coming weeks,” assured Raquel Sanchez on Monday.

He recalled that this is a “bill that came out of the Council of Ministers and was agreed upon by the progressive forces of this government” and that a year ago “the negotiation process began with the improvement of the progressive forces of the arch-parliament. “.

“I am confident that we will be able, between all political groups, to finalize the issues that may still remain in the negotiation process,” he said. “We have a great responsibility towards the citizens. We need to pass a law that is fundamental, especially for young people, the middle class and the most vulnerable working class.”

Law “Without Legal Cracks”

Raquel Sánchez reiterated that the progressive forces are negotiating “at the last stage, very close to reaching an agreement”, but there are also red lines. “I think, first of all, what we said was that we wanted to pass a law that does not have legal loopholes,” he emphasized, so that the law would be “maximum security” and “not be filled or surrounded by many courts. Resources that can undermine the efficiency we seek”

Also that “we must respect the powers of the autonomous communities” who are responsible for housing. “It is undisputed. This government has always expressed it this way. This is the red line we set for ourselves,” Sanchez concluded.

It should be remembered that communities must declare stressed areas where rent prices are rising sharply and rent controls can be imposed, based on a still-to-be-developed index. This, in the law issued by the Council of Ministers, is provided only for the houses of large owners who are legal entities and have more than 10 properties. That is, there will be no price control in private houses – always in the stressed areas declared by the LPS – and there the minister does not indicate whether there will be changes or not.

He recalled that the law provides “a series of tax benefits” for small owners. This system, along with price controls for large owners in stressed areas, is intended to “control, limit, regulate this increase in rent prices,” Raquel Sánchez listed, without giving more details on whether the parliamentary agreement will change future controls. rent.

He recalled that another goal of the government is to expand the “public housing stock”, including rental housing, where “ineffective laws and political decisions” are seen, which have led to “the public stock being sold to vulture funds”.

Societies join the transport discounts

Raquel Sánchez spoke about the housing law at the station in Nuevos Ministerios to evaluate the measures of free passengers, Rodalies and media distance in Renfe.

The minister positively assessed that all autonomous settlements have joined the reduction of monthly subscription prices. On December 27, the government approved in the Council of Ministers a 30% reduction in the price of these fertilizers in the part that corresponds to the state. The reduction is due to reach 50% with assistance financed by the autonomous communities and the City Hall.

As for the aforementioned free Cercanías, Rodalies and Media Distancia passes, Renfe has given out 2.43 million, as indicated by the operator. Raquel Sanchez noted that on January 9, the refund of deposits made by customers will begin. It also estimated the estimated savings for a family of four using the subscription during 2023: in Madrid it amounts to 1,800 euros, in Barcelona 2,200 euros and in Valencia more than 3,000 euros.

Source: El Diario





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