Evictions rise in the second wave: the expulsion of 300 people in Madrid is paralyzed

According to the Platform for People Affected by Mortgage, the closure of the courts until June 2020 caused the delay and paralysis of executions. However, since June the number has been climbing to 70 evictions a day.

In spite of everything, the neighborhood action is achieving that massive evictions such as the building on Calle Luna, 32 have been paralyzed. Its 300 residents have stood before the local administration. The Madrid City Council wanted the 32 families who lived in the Palace of the Infanta Carlota, made up of 210 adults and 30 minors, to leave the building before this Tuesday morning.

According to the tenants, there was no court order and therefore the eviction will not take place until the process is over. They indicate that they would have a margin of between 6 and 8 months. In the building reside tenants who have been illegally sublet such as Ronald Otani who lives in a room with his pregnant wife. “It has been almost 9 years in which the City Council has looked the other way, it has not been interested in the building, there have been no reforms, the electricity meters were removed …”, Otani recalls. He believes that the City Council has wanted to use various excuses to get them out of their homes. “The City Council has said that people come here to do things of culture, art … like those places that are in other places; but it is not like that, here there are only floors ”. He shows us how they have put some wooden pillars in the building and points out: “My apartment is all renovated, but from the outside the City Council put two logs on the staircase and after putting the two logs on the staircase they left us with the pretext that the building was falling down ”.

In Luna, 32 there are tenants who have been within its walls for 70 years like Julia Lucas. His parents were the janitors of the housing complex. It points out that the City Council has acted cruelly in the middle of the pandemic. “It is of not having humanity. I’ve been without sleep since we received the notification. You can’t play like that with people ”, he highlights. The option given to him by social services was to go to a residence, one of the places where the deadly trail of COVID-19 has spread the most. She hopes that during these months that the judicial process lasts, the social services can offer her something better because she considers, like all her neighbors, that the problem has always been with the administration. It was 9 years ago that it all started. His home passed from the hands of an Iranian speculator to the city council of the capital, which stopped collecting fees from neighbors. “I deposited the receipts with the court, but at that time the Madrid City Council said that we should stop paying,” recalls Julia. “So therefore I have not refused at any time not to pay, if tomorrow they tell me to pay, I pay,” he emphasizes. In addition, he points out that his neighbors have also complied. “Here they have been paying rents of 1000 euros, 800 euros, 600 …”

Rosa Reyes is from Ecuador and has been on Calle Luna 32 for 17 years, she lives with her 4 daughters and her mother in one of the houses. Only 600 euros of income enter your home thanks to the ERTE that the company you work for has made. He points out that if the eviction had not been stopped, 6 o’clock would have ended on the street. “With the coronavirus, if they throw you out on the street and there are children in the middle, where are you going to find a flat? Because if it’s you alone, it’s easier, but with children where are you going ”, he wonders. He is among the group of families who demand that municipal services be offered a social rent. Criticizes that other families the City Council offered to crowd with other people. “They wanted to give some of them shared rooms. Where do you get in a shared room with 3-4 children? “

Leiry Álvarez has been in the building for 6 years with her two children and her husband. “My husband paid a room for 400 euros and as a result of that we came” after a while they realized that they were paying a false owner who was deceiving them and they stopped paying. They find it difficult to find a flat in their conditions. “I don’t have a job, I have two children. They ask for a bank guarantee, they ask for an indefinite contract, which we do not have, to take a flat. We stay in the street if they throw us out of here, ”says Álvarez. He hopes that with this new margin they can find a place to live.

Homeless in the middle of the pandemic

Maite, her mother and her two daughters were evicted from their home on November 11 in Fuenlabrada. She was already in vulnerable conditions before the coronavirus crisis. As a victim of gender violence, she had to leave the bar for which she had asked for the loan that dragged her into ruin. “The boy was threatening me with knives, with scissors, and when I got him to leave… I started not being able to open the bar at 6 in the morning because I had to take one of my daughters to kindergarten and another to school. Alone, I saw myself carrying everything all of a sudden and my world turned upside down, ”says Maite. After leaving the business, he still had to pay without knowing three installments of the loan, about 2000 euros, but the entity that granted it did not admit any payment alternative and claimed the auction of his house because it was as collateral. After four years of auction suspensions, the house was sold last year. Having nowhere else to go, they tried to stay on the floor. Thanks to the help of the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages and the neighbors, they were able to stop the eviction at the end of October, but after two weeks the four were evicted.

Now she and her mother live in a friend’s room and her daughters in another friend’s house. She does not want to abandon her mother in a residence as recommended by social services. Her mother has Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and doesn’t trust putting her in a nursing home due to the coronavirus. Maite gets emotional when she tells that her mother “is having a terrible time, she’s very withdrawn” or when she talks about her 12-year-old daughter: “the oldest doesn’t want to hang out with anyone at school”. He demands that they make him a good vulnerability report that allows him to access a social rental because he cannot meet the complicated requirements that they now ask for in rental housing. “They ask you for rental insurance, two thousand euros of income and a one-year contract and I can’t do that. I was strong and now I’m breaking down again, ”he adds.

Daily evictions rise to 70

The eviction of Maite is not the only one that has occurred since the end of the confinement throughout the country. This Wednesday the Platform of People Affected by Mortgages will go to the Office of the Ombudsman to claim through various writings and among other issues: that evictions be stopped, that the housing law be changed or that the housing stock be increased for evicted people. Although the main thing according to the platform is that evictions be stopped.

They point out that if no remedy is found, we could go from 70 evictions per day to 200 evictions per day that existed before the coronavirus crisis. They demand that measures be decreed as soon as possible to repeat the crisis of 2008. “It is a brutal over-indebtedness to which they are taking us, similar to that of 2008. This will accumulate until it explodes. This is what happened in 2012 when there was the entire boom in mortgage evictions that was generated since 2007, ”said Juanjo Ramón, PAH state spokesman.

Recently, the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, José Luis Ábalos has pointed out that he is open “to contemplate measures for families in vulnerability prior to the state of alarm”, after the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, took the Register of Congress , together with Esquerra Republicana de Cataluña and Bildu, an amendment to the Budgets on the prohibition of all evictions in Spain until December 31, 2022. So from the Platform of People Affected by Mortgage they hope that the Government will advance in the line to stop evictions.