Spain is to introduce measures to help the most needy families from being evicted.
It follows a growing protests over the problem which is blamed for the suicide of a woman last week.
Announcing the measures, Spain’s Finance Minister Luis de Guindos said: “Evictions will be suspended for a period of two years in the following circumstances. One, if we are dealing with large families in agreement with the legal definition of large families. Secondly, one-parent families with two children. Thirdly, a family with a child younger than 3 years old. Fourthly, a family where one member has more than 33 percent disability.”
It is an emergency response to ease the effects of the economic crisis but the government says the measures will not have an effect on the Spanish mortgage market.
In a country where a million homes lie empty, the legacy of a decade-long housing boom that crashed in 2008, Spain will also increase the amount of social housing available at low rents for people who have lost their homes.