There is no one alive in Ibiza
The price per square meter has soared in the last two years. In the island they begin to have problems to replace the positions of doctor or police
“The rent has risen so much in the last two or three years, spurred by the increase in tourists, that we can not afford to live in. I know people who have to share a flat between five or six People, even doctors, because few can afford a rent of 1,600 euros for a two-room apartment. In Ibiza we are going to die of success: this summer there will be more tourists than employees, we may not be able to maintain the services. ”
This summary of the dramatic situation suffered by the island is signed by Luis Gonzaga, a spokesman for the platform affected by rents, an association that brings together 8,000 citizens around the need for a regulation on rents. They have gone out on numerous occasions to the street, starring in the front pages of the local press, but have not yet obtained a clear response from the Insular Housing Counseling. “The institutions are people who own property and have their interests,” said the spokesman.
The figures are strong in this respect. At present, Ibiza has no vacant public housing and, what is worse, the price of the square meter soared two years ago and has no prospect of letting up. According to data from the real estate portal Fotocasa, the island of the Mediterranean already has the most expensive soil in Spain with 12.34 e / m2, ahead of historical figures such as San Sebastián (12,17 e / m2) or Barcelona (11 , 58 e / m2). Thus, a house in Ibiza of 80 m2 has an output price of 987 euros, which has to add the usual surcharge because it is a top tourist destination. “The average price is 1,600 euros per month, a barbarity if you compare it with the main cities of Spain,” laments Gonzaga.
It is not, as in the case of the Costa Blanca and other inland summer resorts, a phenomenon affecting only certain areas. A study by Idealista shows, taking three reference municipalities such as the center, Santa Eulalia del Río and Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, that rentals have grown by around 30% on average since 2013.
The situation is so profitable for homeowners who are allowed to change furniture every year. This dizzying rise of the island has confronted the neighbors; It is the old conflict between landlords and tenants, a sort of Marxist class struggle with brick-colored dyes. To the former the situation favors them enormously. Hector P. has two houses in the Port of San Miguel, in the north of Ibiza. Thanks to the first, she was able to buy the second one: “In 2012, after having housed a family for nine years in my house, I decided to dedicate myself to tourists alone. With the family I would pay around 7,500 euros a year, and the first summer using it As tourist housing, in just two months, I made more than 6,000, “he explains to this newspaper.
Few owners want to talk to the media. Héctor, who prefers to preserve his family name, understands the situation his neighbors live in, although he asks respect for the owners: “We are all day sticking to Facebook and news forums, do not they understand us? Between May and October I earn a lot more than before, triple, even if I have the house empty during the winter.Not even bother about the typical things of a landlord: I buy every season all new furniture in Ikea and throw them at the end, Because it is a very profitable situation and I take it legally.Will they [the neighbors without properties] not do the same if they were in my place? “, Sharp ditch.
For Gonzaga there are three causes why the rents have been disbursed. “With the sinking of similar destinations such as Tunisia due to security problems, Ibiza has become saturated with holidaymakers. The demand is so great that any space is rented, even if it is a terrace or A bed for 500 euros, many times breaking the law, “says the spokesman. “A string of intermediaries are also emerging, landing on the island, renting a house for a whole year and being re-sold to vacationers inflating the price even more,” says Gonzaga. Finally, from the affected platform they lament that there is a large bag of empty houses while many citizens are unable to find an economic ceiling, but simply a lease for a year.
The other months are “season”, the lapse of time in which the Ibizans make their August with Germans and Britons. Most of the owners play it to have empty the house during the winter because the accounts come out to them. At this point, the Balearic Housing Institute (IVIBA) wants to act: “We are in the process of filing a law, which is in the stage of allegations, which has as its object that any housing that has been vacant for two years must be transferred to the park. Public housing, “they say from the institution. The idea would be to check the supplies (light, water) to check if the property houses life and, if not, to set for it a regulated price at the same level as the official protection. In addition, the housing counselor has expressly asked the Ministry of Development to transfer to Ibiza 20% of the homes acquired by Sareb after failed real estate developments. Alexandra has been forced to live in a tent with her youngest son AgeThe case of the Belgian Alexandra Duchateau serves to evidence the housing deficit. She arrived 23 years ago to the island to work as a child cheerleader in the hotels in the area. For years he was changing his address every summer paying as much as 600 euros a month “and it was already expensive,” he says. In 2006 he moved to England for a few months, and on his return the situation had changed: “It took me a long time to find a flat in San Antonio, and it cost me 700 euros. There I started to see a big change,” he told the newspaper. “At the time I was a cashier, I paid 800 euros and I could not keep my two children, so I had to move to a single room for 500 euros.” Here he began his ordeal. The social services of the Balearic Islands showed up at his house and told him that he would lose custody of his youngest son if he did not find a building that had at least two rooms. “I got a job at a real estate company and I moved to a flat offered by my boss. Then I discovered that the whole building was seized by Hacienda, every time they came from Endesa because we had the light hooked up we had to hide in the kitchen my children and I, “he explains. In the face of such a scenario, Alexandra threw the towel and went to Italy with a sister: “But my little son wanted to return, he grew up in Ibiza, there are his friends, his basketball team … and we come back”. Which Alexandra Duchateau and her son were forced to live in. The store where Alexandra Duchateau and her son were forced to live landed in the Pitiusas in June 2016. This time they found no floor. “She was willing to pay up to 900 euros for 20 m2, but nothing. For months she was living in a tent installed in the garden of a lady who cared for the children.” The landlords in Ibiza are very attentive to the number of people Who live in every house. If they think that there is more than one family, they immediately raise the rent, so I preferred to be in the garden so as not to cause problems, “says the Belgian, who even gives an image of the meager supplies with which he lived at that time. “Put ads, leave papers in the empty houses and try to rent the few homes that went to the market and were placed in 20 minutes,” Duchateau found where to live with his son for 600 euros a month.Has trick: the owner, a British citizen , Only signed him until August, but he has repented and wants to evict her. “He says that I have to go with the excuse that we live 50 people, but we are only two, and most of the day we are out.” The reason is, Once again, the lucrative summer ibicenco: “It has offered me to stay the six months of season for 12,500 euros, to more than 2,000 euros per month” says the Belgian, who to the top has discovered that it is re-negotiated.Renounce the work for lack of ceilingIsabel Llácer has worked since 2007 as an Italian teacher at the Official Language School of Formentera, the island bordering Ibiza. At first, like so many other teachers in the Balearic Islands, I shared a flat with a partner for 500 euros. Two years later she moved alone; Paid 600 euros for a room, but he could afford it with his payroll of 1,900 euros net. “At the time my landlord told me that I had to leave because I was going to sell the flat. It was a lie, the next year I rented it for a lot more money,” says Llácer.Llácer, in his last stay in Ibiza Llácer, Ibiza Three years ago, she had a child and was forced to discard the studio apartments, the big rent-a-car on the island. “I could not get in with my partner and the boy in a single room, so I started looking for nothing, but nothing.” We had to accept a small apartment in Platja d’en Bossa for 700 euros that came from salt water taps. And, of course, only until April, because