Legal situation for rental market: more changes?
The answer is maybe yes, 2020 will be a year in which we expect for important changes in the legal situation of the rental of apartments market. Or, at least, it seems to be the intention of the politicians in this moment, now that they are trying to form the new government.
Let’s start fot the moment at the end of year 2018 (one year ago). The agreement reached between PSOE and PODEMOS provoked a temporary reform in the Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos. The mentioned reform was applicable just during five weeks, because it was not definitively approved by the Congress (please note that it was published urgently as a Real Decreto Ley).
After that, in March 2019, the abovementioned political parties reached a new agreement that was applicable until today. It was published in BOE and entried in force up today… The most relevant changes of the mentioned legal reform were the extension of the duration of rental contracts (up to 5 or 7 years), the limits in the deposit amounts to be paid by the tenant and, lastly, the obligation to link the rental prices increasing to inflation, as unique system permitted.
However, the agreement signed in March 2019, did not allowed to entry in force one of the ideas that PODEMOS is defending: the establishment of limits on the rental prices in all the places, or minimum, in the cities were the prices have been increasing very highly during the last years.
Therefore, it seems that this aspect is going to be in our sector one of the main points during the next years: it seems that PSOE and PODEMOS do not share the same criteria. In any case, PODEMOS will sure insist in studying this kind of limit in the price of rentals.