ALICIA, a 65-year-old woman, committed suicide this morning (Monday) in Madrid when she was faced with eviction from her home.
The 65-year-old was threatened with eviction after she failed to pay the rent on her house on Ramiro II Street, in the Chamberí district of Madrid.
Spanish media allege a judicial officer, accompanied by a member of the Municipal Police force arrived to Alicia’s home in order to evict the 65-year-old.
It is alleged that the woman, knowing that she was going to be evicted, threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment to the streets below.
Emergency Services rushed to the scene in order to resuscitate the woman, but were unable to revive her as she entered cardiac arrest.
The deceased woman had reportedly been living in the apartment for four years and was a ‘kind’ and ‘correct’ person, according to neighbours.
Diego Sanz, of the Platform of those Affected by Mortgages (PAH) said when asked about the incident: “The evictions have never stopped going down, they are figures comparable to the crisis, and right now housing alternatives are not being offered by the administrations.”
PAH say, at present, 80 per cent of Madrid evictions are due to the non-payment of rent and the Platform argues this is due to the “price increase”.
PAH have called for a “complaints medium” for the “invisible” people of Spain finding it hard to pay rent in a steadily rising rental market.
PAH also believe that excluding “people who do not have the residence” from the property market is required to aid the plight of Spanish locals, struggling to pay rent.