29 June 2016 – El Economista
The average price of rental housing in Spain rose by 1% in May, to €7.36/m2/month, placing rental prices at levels not seen since October 2012 (€7.38), according to the latest data from the real estate portal Fotocasa.
In YoY terms, rental prices rose by 5% in May, the steepest increase since January 2006, when fotocasa.es began to compile these statistics.
The monthly increase in rental home prices recorded in May continues the trend recorded during 2015, the year when rental prices began their recovery after eight years of widespread decreases.
In monthly terms, rental prices increased in 15 autonomous regions in May, meanwhile, in YoY terms, they rose in every Spanish region.
“The rental market is slowly gaining ground in Spain. Despite the re-opening of the credit tap and the marked decrease in prices, there is still a very significant segment of the population that cannot afford to buy a home and is therefore forced to rent. Higher demand, together with the high returns that this market offers, are causing a widespread recovery in prices across the country”, explained the Head of Research at fotocasa.es, Beatriz Toribio.
Since rental prices peaked in May 2007 (at €10.12/m2/month), they have recorded a cumulated decrease of -27.2%. In this sense, four autonomous regions have recorded price decreases of more than 30% since their maximums five years ago.
Aragón is the region where residential rental prices have decreased by the most (by -40.2%), followed by Castilla-La Mancha (-35.3%), Cantabria (-34.9%) and Comunidad Valenciana (-30.3%).
Price rises in 15 autonomous regions
By autonomous region, price rises were recorded in 15 regions in May, with the increases ranging from 3.9% in the Balearic Islands to 0.1% in Cataluña and La Rioja. Meanwhile, prices remained stable in Navarra and fell by -0.1% in Aragón.
In terms of the price ranking, Madrid (€10.29/m2/month) replaced the País Vasco (€10.18) and Cataluña (€10.23) as the most expensive region to rent a home. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Extremadura (€4.53/m2/month) and Castilla-La Mancha (€4.69/m2/month) are the two regions were rental prices are most affordable.
Original story: El Economista
Translation: Carmel Drake