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Parliamentary questions
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10 July 2018
Question for written answer E-003792-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto (S&D)

 Subject:  Distortion of competition in the housing market
 Answer in writing 

In 2016, the housing market experienced the highest price increase since the crisis throughout the Union. The lack of affordable housing is causing an increase in social exclusion, especially in urban areas. Financialisation, housing speculation and the practices of holiday rental companies are among the causes of the problem, causing exorbitant increases in both purchase and rental prices.

1. Is the Commission monitoring and collecting data on the causes of the price increase in this sector?

2. Housing is a service of general interest, and the concentration of property causes a distortion in the housing market. Does the Commission have any information on the concentration of home ownership in urban centres by professional owners, investment funds and commercial operators?

3. Does the Commission intend to investigate whether there is a distortion of competition in this market?

Original language of question: ES 
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