Loss of Homes and Evictions across Europe
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Loss of Homes and Evictions across Europe

A Comparative Legal and Policy Examination

Edited by Padraic Kenna, Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, Peter Sparkes and Christoph U. Schmid

The loss of a home can lead to major violations of a person’s dignity and human rights. Yet, evictions take place everyday in all countries across Europe. This book provides a comparative assessment of human rights, administrative, procedural and public policy norms, in the context of eviction, across a number of European jurisdictions. Through this comparison the book exposes the emergence of consistent, Europe-wide standards and norms.
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Chapter 10: Evictions and homelessness in Spain 2010–2017

Sergio Nasarre-Aznar and Rosa Maria Garcia-Teruel


The present chapter examines the phenomenon of evictions and its relationship with homelessness in Spain from 2010–2017. The causes that have led to evictions are analysed, principally the lack of a functional diversified range of housing tenures and the negative consequences of the 2007 crisis that have led many households to overindebtedness, default, eviction and, in some cases, ultimately to homelessness. The chapter also covers the delayed response of the legislator to prevent, tackle and react to evictions primarily through transitory measures that have had limited success. The narrow scope of the ‘right to housing’ in Spain has contributed to this. Best practices and the need for continued development are also discussed. In addition, available data on evictions from mortgaged and rented property is provided for the period 2010–2015, which coexists with cases of home forced-removal such as dispossessions arising from divorces and domestic violence. Finally, the main causes for homelessness are analysed, and the relationship with evictions is outlined.

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