What social challenges does decent housing represent in Spain? This report analyses three challenges in this field: access, conditions and energy needs.
Housing: right or commodity?
The seventh Dossier from the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” focuses on the residential insecurity faced by society’s most vulnerable groups, and access to housing for young people.
Why are young people unable to access home ownership?
Employment precarity is an obstacle to accessing home ownership for young people. Rental, which is more expensive, or family solidarity are the main alternatives for setting up a home.
Difficulties in access to housing
In 2017, some 42.1% of people devoted more than 40% of their disposable income to paying the rent. What does this mean in the European context?
Does more renting mean greater insecurity?
Access to housing through renting is increasing in Spain although it is the least secure form of housing tenure on an economic, contractual and legal basis. We analyse which groups are the most affected.
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