The ‘interventionism’ of the housing law that Sánchez prepares already works in Valencia, where the Government team of the City Council, made up of Compromís and PSOE, manages a list of properties that can be penalized if the aforementioned law succeeds.
Under the justification of charging that surcharge to the ‘large homeowners’, people or companies that accumulate more than 10 empty homes and do not incorporate them into the rental market, the Valencian Council has already begun its ‘intervention’ on housing, with the elaboration of a complete list, which includes how many properties these people or companies have as ‘large homeowners’, according to the Consistory. The Valencia City Council intends to start charging in just a few months, in 2022, a 30% surcharge on the IBI receipt to the owners of these homes, once your data is crossed with those of another list: that of the Generalitat Valenciana, currently in preparation.
Paradoxically, that same government team plans to reduce up to 95% of the Tax on Installations, Constructions and Works (ICIO) of the Generalitat and the State. Therefore, individuals and companies can be penalized for their empty homes, but the Generalitat and the State can see their constructions subsidized.
It so happens that the Valencia City Council already has the most expensive IBI of all the big cities. And, at the regional level, it exceeds the average IBI paid in Alicante by more than 70 euros. Precisely, the Alicante City Council has already made it clear through its mayor that it will not apply the “wild rise” of the IBI, as the first mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, said recently. On the contrary, Valencia does seem willing to collect it. And to do this, you have already collected the owner and property data.
In addition, the Valencia City Council also intends to tax some institutions, such as the Church, in those cases in which it is evident that it carries out economic activities not linked to worship in its properties, such as a rental for a business, a school or a hospital, other than public. In fact, the Valencia and Barcelona Councils decided some time ago to work together to achieve a modification of the patronage law that allows them to collect IBI from the Church.
From the PP of Valencia they remember that The City Council has only managed to hand over the keys to 5 social housing units in the last 6 years, which Ribó has been holding as mayor. And they criticize the “suicidal interventionism” generated by the housing law: “there will be less housing and the price will rise more”, the popular ones have predicted.