The limits will be updated by 8.5% this fall, and a mechanism will be established to update them every January 1 based on the CPI. The goal is “to avoid unfair scenarios that could expel many people from the official protection system.”
The Department of Territorial Planning, Housing and Transport will update the maximum income to be able to access a VPO for sale or rental, with the aim of adapting to the new economic reality.
Councilor Iñaki Arriola announced this modification during the full parliamentary control of the Basque Government, a session in which he recalled that the context of inflation after the pandemic and the war in Ukraine “can negatively affect and leave people out of the system. and families whose economy has not improved.
The income levels to be registered in Etxebide are calculated using the personal income tax return and applying a corrective factor based on the characteristics of the cohabitation unit. If the maximum weighted income is exceeded, the possibility of accessing a VPO is lost.
Arriola has indicated that the objective is “to avoid unfair scenarios that could expel many people from the social protection system due to inflation.”
For example, the situation may arise that a person requesting a VPO sees his salary increase below the increase in the CPI and that, although his real purchasing power has suffered as prices have grown more than his salary, it exceeds the limits of regulations and cannot access protected housing.
The counselor explained that the limits in force are based on the 2011 regulations and that there have been no notable adjustments due to the stability in this matter in recent years. Given the current situation, he has announced that the update will be included in the final provision of the future decree on the Subjective Right to Housing, which will be approved in the coming weeks.
The rule states that, exceptionally, at the time of approval of the decree, an 8.5% update will be made. Thus, the maximum income limit will go from 25,000 to 27,125 euros in the case of rented social protection housing, from 39,000 to 42,315 for those who opt for a general VPO regime for rent or purchase, and from 50,000 to 54,250 euros in the case of appraised homes.
Likewise, the decree, whose approval is scheduled for the coming weeks, establishes an adjustment mechanism every January 1 based on the CPI.
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