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Illegal occupation of housing. What’s at stake and potential solutions. The spanish case. CEPI & UIPI online workshop.


On September 13, CEPI and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) organized an online workshop on the Illegal Occupation of Housing, which represents a sensible topic especially for countries like Spain and Italy.

The aim of the event was to outline the current state of illegal occupation of housing, as well as to discuss the action of squatting, relevant legislation and proceedings and to provide possible solutions to the issue. Spain and Catalonia were particularly presented as a case study, due to the squatting boom the country has seen in the last years, and where, according to a report by the Property Rights Alliance and published by the Instituto de Estudios Económicos, the guarantee of property rights is lower than in the rest of Europe. Indeed, Spanish property owners call for new laws to deal more effectively with squatting situations.

Although this matter does not fall under direct EU competency, CEPI will continue to support its members in learning and finding efficient ways to deal with it.

Speakers of the event were:
  • Luis de Prado (CEPI Vice-President);
  • Miguel Garrido Ruiz (CEPI delegate);
  • Sergio Nasarre (civil law professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili);
  • Maria Pastor Santana (dean at Colegio de Abogados de Mataró);
  • Rosa Mari Peris (UIPI delegate and lawyer and director of legal and tax consultancy of the Chamber of Urban Property of Barcelona).

 You can rewatch the e-meeting here.