8 May 2015 – El Confidencial
The property crisis; the difficulties faced by thousands of citizens when it comes to buying a home; and the havoc wreaked by evictions have all resulted in a significant boost to the (residential) rental market in Spain. Over the last seven years, many citizens and families have been forced out of the property market and, given their need or desire to become independent or start a family, their only exit has been through the home rental market.
Thus, although owned homes still win by a landslide over rented homes – 78% to 22%, i.e. a very similar level to the one seen at the end of the 1980s – the fact is that in recent years, the balance has tipped a little less towards the property side and although, many experts consider that it is unlikely that we will reach the levels seen in other parts of Europe, where rental properties account for 50% of the residential market in some countries, it is clear that something is changing. “The rental market is here to stay and not just as a lifestyle option, but also as an investment”, says Fernando Encinar, Head of Research at idealista.com.
The rental market in the Community of Madrid is showing the first signs of recovery, as too is the sale and purchase market. Similarly, some areas are sparking greater interest than others in terms of demand, which, in turn, is starting to create a certain amount of tension in terms of prices.
The differences between neighbourhoods are clear. It does not cost the same to rent a flat in the centre of the capital or in the neighbourhoods of Chamberí and Salamanca, where the price per square metre is around €14/m2 (€1,120 for an 80m2 flat) as it does in Villaverde, Carabanchel or Puente de Vallecas, where the price per square metre barely exceeds 8€ (640€ for an 80m2 flat).
These price differences are explained, in part, by the location of the homes – clearly, it does not cost the same to live in the centre of the city as it does in the suburbs – but also due to the excess supply, in places such as Carabanchel and Vallecas, and the strong demand, in areas such as Sanchinarro and Las Tablas, where the experts detect a lot of activity due to the presence of Telefónica and the future arrival of BBVA.
The tension in terms of rental prices is palpable. Madrid ended the winter with a quarterly increase in rental prices of 1.8%, taking the average price per square metre in the capital to €11.60, however, that represents a cumulative decrease of 15.8% from its record high of €13.80/m2 in 2008.
Moreover, during the first three months of the year, the increase in rental prices was generalised, with rises in almost every district in Madrid, with the exception of Villa de Vallecas and the neighbourhood of Salamanca, according to the data from idealista.com, which also reflects significant increases in the districts of Barajas (5.8%), Retiro (4.7%) and Hortaleza (3.6%).
Original story: El Confidencial (by Elena Sanz)
Translation: Carmel Drake