Bid to reduce rents
Regional government price index shows ‘advisory prices’
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 visor.gva.es 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