The book “European Condominium Law” (Cambridge University Press), coordinated by Cornelius Van Der Merwe, has been published. Dr. Sergio Nasarre is co-author concerning the condominium legislation of the Spanish legal system.
Last 19th of February took place, within the framework of the celebration of the Urban Property Chamber of Tarragona centenary, a conference given by Dr. Sergio Nasarre Aznar, director of the Housing Chair, where the adoption and future perspectives of Act 20/2014, the Catalan Consumers Code, was explained. More information.
Last 22nd of January took place in Zaragoza the first meeting of housing research groups in Spain. The Housing Chair participated and was one of the drivers. All the groups explained their current research projects and aims were put in common. Moreover, they talked about establishing new links in order to undertake further research together.
The Housing Chair and the Foundation of Rovira i Virgili University are organizing a conference on the occasion of the European Day of Mediation. It will take place next Wednesday 21st of January 2015, from 11.30 to 13.00 h, in the conference hall of the URV Foundation in Reus (Av. Onze de Setembre, 112, Reus). The invited speaker is Mr. José Alberto Olalde Altarejos, mediator and professor of Social Work in the Basque Country University UPV- EHU.
In the afternoon, from 19.00 to 20.30 h, there will be a Round Table in the Chamber of Commerce of Tarragona (Av. Pau Casals, 17, Tarragona), invigorated by the journalist Yolanda Garcia and with the participation of: a representative of the Justice Department in Tarragona; Mr. Javier Hernández, President of the Tarragona Provincial Court; Mr. Manel Canyameres, lawyer and mediator specialized in family business; a representative of REPSOL; and Emma López Solé, specialist in mediation and director of the Mediation Certificate in the URV Foundation. The opening of the session will be in charge of a representative of the Tarragona Chamber of Commerce and a representative of the University Rovira i Virgili, and it will be closed by Mr. Joaquim Nin Borreda, Delegate of the Government in Tarragona.
Rosa Maria Garcia Teruel, doctoral researcher in the Housing Chair, has been granted a the scholarship FI-DGR 2015 from the Catalan Government. It aims at funding her PhD on the replacement of rent in lieu of repair/refurbish works on the leased housing.
Tarragona is the top region concerning the drop of housing purchases, in terms of National Institute of Statistics (INE) data. In Catalonia as a whole, housing purchase has decreased only a 3.2%, while in Tarragona it reaches 20%. Contrary, tendency in Spain has reverted and it has increased a 14% approximately, regarding same month last year. Although data in our region are negative, real estate agents keep selling flats, but less often. We wanted to accompany them. See piece of news and videos.
Four new entities have joined the Housing Chair as partners. These are: Property and Commercial Registrars of Catalonia (SERC), Reus Municipality, General Council of Property Administrators of Spain (CGCAFE) and the Real Estate Agents Official Association of Tarragona (COAPI Tarragona). See the full piece of news.
Workshop “New intermediate tenures. Dividing possession to facilitate access to housing”
Last Friday 21st of November 2014, the Housing Chair of the University Rovira i Virgili organized the first scientific workshop on Intermediate Tenures (shared ownership and temporary ownership), where several experts did presentations about this subject. The schedule of the workshop can be found here: Programa TIcat
Next Tuesday November 11th, 2014, Sergio Nasarre Aznar, Chair Director, will give a talk about “The housing problem”, and will present the research, training and knowledge activities developed by the Housing Chair URV. This will take place at 18:00h, at the Salou City Council, Sala Mediterranea of the TAS (street Advocat Gallego, 2). See map location here. Free entry open to all public.
The predoctoral researcher Rosa Maria Garcia Teruel, on behalf of the Housing Chair URV, attended the conference Social and economic conflicts of transition towards democracy and market economy organized by the Metropolitan Research Institute de Budapest, from 2nd to 4th November 2014. She presented the communication “Changes in housing tenures in Spain as a result of the crisis”, within the panel session “Between the private and social rental sector – social rental agencies?”. She outlined the legal measures adopted by the Spanish government concerning housing tenures since the crisis onset, and the interest from the Catalan legislator to regulate new housing tenures, such as shared and temporary ownership.