Bid to re­duce rents

Re­gional gov­ern­ment price in­dex shows ‘ad­vi­sory prices’

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By Dave Jones THE RE­GIONAL gov­ern­ment has pub­lished guide­lines for rents – and Tor­re­vieja town hall has urged pri­vate land­lords to take heed of the fig­ures.

Deputy mayor and coun­cil­lor for hous­ing Fanny Ser­rano said this would im­pact on the un­sus­tain­able prices which are prevent­ing many peo­ple from be­ing able to af­ford to have their own home.

Sra Ser­rano said Va­len­cia’s ini­tia­tive was ‘pi­o­neer­ing in Spain’. She said the hous­ing and pub­lic works de­part­ment run by María José Sal­vador had an­a­lysed data from 220,000 prop­er­ties in the hous­ing mar­ket, tak­ing into ac­count rental prices, age of the prop­erty, size, etc – and how prices have evolved over the last three years.

“From this they were able to work out the price in­dex ref­er­ence fig­ures,” ex­plained Sra Ser­rano.

She noted that mem­bers of the pub­lic can ac­cess a map via the web­site and check av­er­age prices of rents in ‘par­tic­u­lar zones of Tor­re­vieja’ as well as many other ar­eas of the re­gion.

“It al­lows the gen­eral pub­lic to have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion that they did not have be­fore and gives land­lords the op­por­tu­nity to fix rents which are ‘more in tune with re­al­ity’,” she said.

How­ever, as the sys­tem is only ad­vi­sory, com­men­ta­tors have stated that it is un­likely to en­cour­age land­lords to re­duce high rents.

The fig­ures quoted by the town hall from the price in­dex do not bare any re­la­tion to cur­rent charges, they noted.

For ex­am­ple, the rent ad­vised for a 50-square-me­tre prop­erty built be­fore 1981 By Dave Jones A BIRD of prey which has been spot­ted over La Mata-Tor­re­vieja nat­u­ral park in re­cent weeks has been iden­ti­fied as a booted ea­gle.

A pho­to­graph taken by a Costa Blanca News re­porter on Sun­day led to a plethora of sug­ges­tions from read­ers after we asked for help nam­ing the bird via our Face­book page. After much con­jec­ture, with some read­ers think­ing it might be an osprey or even a Grif­fon vulture – the Sky­wings Fal­conry cen­tre in An­dalucía noted that it was in fact an ea­gle.

Andy Cot­ton, who has worked with the RSPB, also stated: “It’s a booted ea­gle - the black trail­ing edge of the in­ner wing is di­ag­nos­tic.”

A num­ber of other read­ers would range be­tween €69 to €299 a month, depend­ing on the qual­ity of the build­ing. For an 85-square-me­tre prop­erty built be­fore 1981 rents would range from €100 to €333.

How­ever, Sra Ser­rano re­minded that the re­gional gov­ern­ment an­nounced tax breaks last month for land­lords who ad­just their rents to the in­dex. She said 22% of peo­ple in Spain live in rented prop­erty. said they had seen the bird.

Linda Clark-White said: “There are a pair of them. We’ve seen them over the Recor­ral park in Ro­jales in re­cent weeks.”

Janet Bil­ton added: “We have seen them in Que­sada. They are stun­ning to see.”

SEO/Birdlife note that the booted ea­gle is gen­er­ally a sum­mer res­i­dent in south­ern Europe. The ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion mi­grates to Africa, ‘although some in­di­vid­u­als win­ter in the Mediter­ranean’ area. They ‘pre­fer for­est with open ar­eas like clear­ances’ but can also be found in open desserts, grass­lands or on sea cliffs’. The largest num­ber in Europe is in Spain, with be­tween 2,000 to 4,000 birds (2004 fig­ure).

The Cabo de Santa Pola stands to the north of the town cen­tre

A booted ea­gle can be viewed above La Mata lake

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