Book review

New book review by Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre “The years of the housing crisis”, by Prof. Dr. Pedro A. Munar, Professor of civil law at the University of the Balearic Islands.



Dr. Héctor Simón has published the chapter entitled “La contratación de productos accesorios y servicios accesorios al préstamo inmobiliario. Los contratos asociados a la hipoteca” (Tied products and services to the mortgage loan. The contracts related to the mortgage”) in the book “Real estate loan contracts”, coordinated by Klaus Jochen Albiez Dohrmann and María Luisa Moreno-Torres Herrera. The book focuses on the contractual aspects of the new Spanish Law 5/2019, regulating real estate credit contracts, and pays special attention to its scope of application.



Rent control is not enough for affordable housing. Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre speaks for  Catalunya Plural. 18/09/2020


Collaboration with the magazine “Consell”

The magazine of property managers in Catalonia has published the article of the researcher of the UNESCO Housing Chair, Dr. Gemma Caballé, published in “Diari de Tarragona” on May 10 (núm. 123). The article analyses the new dynamics in condominiums since COVID-19 and the new role that property managers could have in this sense.


Prof. Dr Sergio Nasarre has intervened in the Telenoticias de TV3 talking about the Covid and its impact on rents (17/08/2020).

Special issue of the magazine “Housing” on housing and COVID-19

This special issue of the JOURNAL OF THE UNESCO HOUSING CHAIRis dedicated to “Housing and Covid-19”. Throughout its more than 80 pages, the fourteen authors analyze what the reality of housing has been like during the pandemic and reflect on what it could be like in the coming months.

In addition, the number includes the numerous legislative changes that have appeared in the last six months, a review of the 36 activities of the Chair carried out in this period, including the defense of two doctoral theses, and the two books that our researchers have published.




Prof. Dr. Sergio Nasarre and Dr. Héctor Simón. “Housing not for all: The lack of universal accessibility to housing in multi-unit buildings in Spain, Sweden and Germany”.


Published the book “La tokenización de bienes en blockchain: cuestiones civiles y tributarias”, Thomson Reuters Aranzadi

The UNESCO Housing Chair has recently published the book  “La tokenización de bienes en blockchain: cuestiones civiles y tributarias” [The tokenization of goods in blockchain: private and tax law issues] (Thomson Reuters Aranzadi, 2020), which derives from the research carried out within the framework of the “Collaborative Housing” project (Ministerio de Economía, 2018) and the project “The tokenization of real rights in the regulation of the fifth book of the Catalan Civil Code” (CEJFE, 2019).

The present work is dedicated to the study of the legal consequences of the representation of the ownership and other limited real rights in digital tokens that operate in a blockchain. This technological practice makes it possible to represent a certain right (for example, the ownership of a home) in a digital token, which can be negotiated in an agile or even automatic way, thanks to smart contracts, while it is registered in a cryptographically protected distributed blockchain. This makes possible, at least theoretically, a faster, affordable and transnational transmission of goods. However, this system presents some challenges for our private and tax law system.

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Publication of “The regulation of compensation funds in Spain”

Dr. Rosa M. Garcia Teruel has published a book chapter on compensation funds in Spain, within the book “Compensation funds in Comparative Perspective” (editors: T. Vandsweevelt and B. Weyts). This scientific contribution covers those compensation funds existing in our country, which are used as a mechanism to compensate victims in cases of mass damages (eg. meteorological phenomena that affect housing, environmental damages, etc.).