Tenants who are late in paying their rent can be evicted within ten days if they are not able to present a justified objection before a judge.
This is just one of the measures contained in a bill entitled “Measures for Promoting Flexibility and Giving Impetus to the Rental Housing Sector”, which will be adopted today, Friday, by the Spanish Council of Ministers.
In a press briefing, the Minister of Development, Ana Pastor, explained that current regulations force the landlord to sue in court and obtain a judgement for eviction due to non-payment of rent.
“During this lengthy process, right up to the last minute, the tenant can pay something and avoid eviction,” said Pastor.
The new law sets a deadline of ten days for the tenant to pay their outstanding rent, and if they do not, a judge can terminate the contract immediately, without further proceedings.
The completion of the process will be by order of the judge, instead of a decree issued by the clerk of the court as happens at the moment.
According to Pastor, “what we want is to streamline the tedious and lengthy procedure that had to be undertaken up until now in order to get a ruling from the court. It is clear to me that if a tenant does not pay, they will just get further behind even if given more time.”