Info IEB. New Light on the Effects of Rent Control in Catalonia. Number 44. March 2023
Housing affordability is an increasingly important problem in cities around the world. In Europe, approximately one in ten families spend more than 40% of their income on housing costs, a situation referred to as “housing overburden”, which is particularly acute in cities (Eurostat, 2021). In Spain, 20% of tenant households are overburdened by housing costs, spending over 40% of their income on housing (OECD, 2021). The
extent and importance of this phenomenon has led to the coinage of the term “housing affordability crisis” (UN-Habitat, 2020).