How to protect your home from squatters in Spain
How to stop squatters in Spain if you own a Spanish holiday home.
Original article – “Ocho claves para evitar que ocupen su vivienda este verano”
Squatting in Spain rose by 2.7% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to data from the Secretary of State for Security. In total, 14,675 people reported that their home had been illegally occupied by squatters (or “okupas” as they are known in Spain), something which could be partly due to holiday and second homes in Spain being left empty during the pandemic. What is surprising is that nearly half of these complaints (6,647) took place in properties in Catalonia, along with a high number of burglaries. Second, but a long way behind, is Andalusia with 2,372 complaints. For its part, the Community of Madrid reported 1,316 cases of squatting, making it increasingly important to know how to protect your home from squatters in Spain.
- a squatter – one who occupies a building or land without title or permission.
- to squat – verb form
- to illegally occupy a home/building
- sth. is partly due to sth.
- first / second home
- to leave a building empty
- a complaint / to complain
- to burgle/burglarize – to enter and commit theft from a house, store, or other enclosed plac
- burglary/ies – noun form
- a long way behind
- for its part ..,
- to know how to do sth.