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Evictions due to non-payment of rent soar in the first quarter of 2024

Jesus Carames

June 7, 2024 | 11:08 a.m.

The number of evictions carried out due to non-payment of rent has experienced a significant increase in the first months of 2024. Between January and March, these launches shot up 73,1% compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching 5.443 cases, and representing seven out of every ten procedures, according to data from the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ)..

Growth in evictions due to non-payment of rent and mortgage foreclosures

In addition to evictions due to non-payment of rent, those derived from mortgage foreclosures also showed an increase, although more moderate. The latter grew by 19,5%, totaling 1.448 cases. The remaining 533 launches were due to various other causes.

In total, during the first quarter of 2024, 7.424 evictions were carried out, which represents an increase of 12,8% compared to the same quarter of 2023.

Geographic distribution of evictions

Catalonia was the autonomous community with the highest number of launches, with 1.870 cases, which is equivalent to 25,2% of the national total. They were followed by Andalusia with 1.076 evictions, the Valencian Community with 1.037 and Madrid with 725..

Implications and context

This notable increase in the number of evictions, especially those related to non-payment of rent, highlights the growing pressure on tenants in an economic context possibly affected by inflation and rising costs of living. The increase in foreclosures due to non-payment of rent reflects the vulnerability of many households to the economic crisis.

Contributing factors

Several factors may be contributing to this increase, including:

  • Increased cost of living: Inflation and rising prices of basic goods and services can make it difficult for many families to pay rent on time.
  • Post-pandemic economic impact: The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting numerous households, which may be facing financial difficulties.
  • Affordable housing shortage: The lack of affordable rental options exacerbates the situation for those with limited incomes.

Conclusions and possible solutions

The notable increase in evictions due to non-payment of rent in the first quarter of 2024 poses important social and economic challenges. It is essential that effective policies and measures be implemented to address this problem, such as expanding rental assistance, creating more affordable housing and reviewing tenant protection regulations..

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