Costa Blanca | Empty Properties Scandal In Spain

The Spanish National Institute of Statistics has just published figures for the 2011 census of population and homes and at that time there were over 3 million homes vacant in Spain .

There are just over 25 million properties in Spain and almost 14% are empty .This is a rise of almost 10% in the last decade .

The reason for releasing data on the housing stock is due to the fact that in Andalucia the government is thinking of expropriating vacant properties owned by the banks and giving them to people who have been evicted by the banks .

Of the homes built between 2002 and 2011 only 67% are occupied , 13.9% are second homesĀ  and the rest are being held on the books of the banks and estate agents .

Galicia , La Rioja and Murcia are the areas where there are the most unoccupied homes , ollowed by Navarra , Madrid , Pais Vasco and Melilla and Cueta .

In the last 10 years Alicante province has increased the number of unoccupied houses by over 200,000 and towns such as Denia , Pilar de la Horadada , Villajoyosa and Javea have been listed as having the highest number of vacant properties . Twenty five percent are second homes . In Denia 31% of the housing stock is empty .

These figures do not necessarily reflect the actual numbers as there are properties that are also uninhabitable .In the Valencia region there is over half a million properties which are empty . This is a situation which is likely to get worse rather than better .

In Torrevieja and Santa Pola over 50% of properties are second homes .

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