The Government has decided extend three months, until August 9, the prohibition to cut the supply of water, electricity and natural gas to vulnerable consumers that would have been overcome with the decay of the state of alarm on May 9. The extension of the guarantee of basic supplies for this type of consumers, which was previously extended, the last time in December, has been included in the Royal Decree-Law with social, health and jurisdictional measures to apply at the end of the state of alarm approved this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers.
In addition, said regulation extends the extension to the recipients of the social bonus. Specific, companies are prohibited from cutting off the supply in households benefiting from the social bonus (discount on the electricity bill) in which lives at least one child under 16 years of age, a person with a level of disability of 33% or higher, or a dependent of grade 2 or 3. The different categories of vulnerable consumer and the different bonus percentages are regulated based on income thresholds, although in the case of large families (with three or more children) they have direct access to the social bonus regardless of their income or family income.
The categories of beneficiaries of the social bond are vulnerable consumer (which enjoys a 25% discount), severe vulnerable (40%) or at risk of social exclusion (for which the discount can reach up to the total bill if they are served by the social services of autonomous communities). In addition, there is a thermal social bonus, a direct aid so that vulnerable households can meet their heating, hot water or cooking costs regardless of the fuel they use, which is granted to any beneficiary of the electricity social voucher and whose amount is a minimum of 25 euros and a maximum of 130 euros, depending on the area in which the home is located.
The Government has also extended until August 9 the suspension of rental evictions for vulnerable groups, including those who do not have a contract, and the moratorium on payment and deductions of 50% of the rents, if the landlords are large holders (ten or more homes) or public entities. Although its validity expired on May 9 with the end of the state of alarm, the Council of Ministers has approved a decree law that supposes a new extension of these and other measures, such as extending the housing lease contracts for six months in the same terms and conditions of the contract in force, if the owner does not claim the home for himself or there is no different agreement between the parties.
Equally, The period for the landlords and owners of the dwelling affected by the suspension of evictions to submit the request for compensation is extended for three months, which ends on September 9. According to the Government, the objective is to address the situations of vulnerability that may occur beyond May 9, when the state of alarm ends, as a result of the crisis derived from the pandemic.
In a statement, the Executive emphasizes that the moratorium or partial forgiveness of income is a measure that It does not affect small homeowners and it can only be requested once during the entire period in which it has been in force.. Like this measure, the extraordinary six-month extension of the rental contract can only be requested once during the entire period in which it is in force.
For its part, the suspension of evictions that is extended requires the coordinated action of the judicial bodies and the competent social services, and includes to households affected by procedures for the launch of their habitual residence that do not have lease agreements, when there are dependents, victims of violence against women or minors in charge. For these cases, the possibility is established that the judge, after a weighted and proportional assessment of the specific case, has the power to suspend the launch, when the owners are natural or legal persons who own more than ten homes, requesting a report from the competent social services so that they assess the situation of economic vulnerability and identify the measures to respond to the situation.
In the event that a housing solution is not offered to the evicted in the three months following the issuance of the social services report, the property owners will have the right to request compensation provided that the economic damage caused is proven. The cases in which the dwelling is the habitual residence or second residence of the owner are still excluded from the suspension of evictions, When it is a property assigned by any valid title in law to a natural person who has his habitual residence or second residence there duly accredited and when the entry or stay has occurred through intimidation or violence against people.
Also when there are rational indications that the house is being used to carry out illegal activities, in the case of properties intended for social housing and the home has already been assigned to an applicant, and in cases where the entry into the property has occurred after the entry into force of the measure.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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