The proposed legislation would give the local police authorities the permission to act to evict squatters without having to go through the long and complicated legal procedures that are involved.
The Balearic superior prosecutor, Bartolomé Barceló stated during the instruction issued on Monday, “The illegal occupation of real estate is generating a serious social and legal problem that is increasing.”
The instruction would give the local police, Policia National and the Guardia Civil the authority to evict squatters from flats and houses without prior judicial measures. Only when there is a suspicion of criminal activity will the need for further actions be needed.
Squatting has become an increasing problem in the region with many unoccupied and illegal properties being used for accommodation.
Squatting can take numerous guises, from unauthorised habitation of abandoned properties to people living in a property past the predetermined period of time. Cases have also been recorded of habitants staying unknowingly in illegal properties.