Next Tuesday, 10th March, at 4 pm, the first session of the Research Commission on the regulation of rents in Barcelona will be held. The Commission has been created to study the application and repercussions that the regulation of housing rental contract prices will have both in the city of Barcelona and in the metropolitan area. The aim is to promote and achieve effective implementation of this regulation in the city.
The Commission will be formed by two councillors from each of the council groups, with Eva Baró Ramos, a councillor of the ERC Municipal Group, as President, and Lucía Martín, the Councillor for Housing and Rehabilitation, as Vice-President. In this first session, the situation and the policies of access to housing in Barcelona, the Metropolitan Area and other global cities, will be discussed. In order to do so, experts and social stakeholders have been invited to present their points of view. Taking part will be the Vice-President of the Associació de Promotors de Catalunya (Association of Developers of Catalonia), Elena Massot; the President of the Cambra de la Propietat Urbana de Barcelona (Chamber of Urban Property of Barcelona), Joan Ràfols i Esteve; the President of the Associació de Gestors de Polítiques Socials d’Habitatge de Catalunya (Association of Social Housing Policy Managers of Catalonia), Lídia Guillén; the president of the Observatori Metropolità de l’Habitatge (Metropolitan Observatory of Housing), Carme Trilla; the housing specialist from Observatory DESC, Guillem Domingo; the Secretary General of Housing Europe, Sorcha Edwards; and the Professor of Architecture at the UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia), Pilar García Almirall. The session can be watched via video stream on this link.
Regulation of rents, a commitment with a long history
The Commission grew out of proposal by ERC council group, but Barcelona City Council has been talking about the need to regulate rents for a long time. In fact, this was one of the commitments Mayor Ada Colau made at the beginning of her tenure in 2015. Now it has become a reality with this non-permanent commission that will meet periodically over the next five months. The commission, which will automatically end once the report of its conclusions has been drafted, will bring together the contributions and points of view made in the various working sessions.
Over these five months, the topics covered by the Research Commission on the Regulation of Rents will be as follows:
– The current situation and policies of housing access in the city of Barcelona, in the Metropolitan Area and in other global cities.
-International experiences of rent regulation.
-The competency framework and potential scenarios for regulation.
-The social, economic and developmental impacts of rental price regulation in Barcelona and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.