Lanzarote News In Brief, Week 25, 2017

Housing Crisis Being Needs To Be Addressed

The case of “Gabriela" who was evicted from her home in Arrecife and protested outside The Cabildo, has sparked debate about the current shortage of residential housing stock on the island. There are many factors - the increase in tourism, with the subsequent increase in holiday lettings, the lack of a cohesive housing plan since 2012, the lack of new build properties, empty properties on the island, often owned by banks, the way the law favours tenants which discourages some owners from renting longer term and the increase in the island’s population. The bottom line is there is a desperate shortage of affordable rental accommodation, particularly in Playa Blanca and Arrecife, so hopefully this issue will be address shortly.

Average of 55,000 Tourists On The Island On Any Given Day

Recent figures suggest there are an average of 55,000 tourists in Lanzarote on any given day, swelling the island’s resident population by a staggering 37% to over 200,000.

Crocodile Captured In Guime

A bizarre story - police removed a crocodile from a property in Guime last week. It is believed it was one which was stolen from Guinate Park and had grown to he extent that the thief could no longer look after it. The croc was removed to Rancho Texas temporarily until a decision about it’s future can be made. It’s a Nile Crocodile and a protected species.

Meeting About Road Closure In Arrecife

Following complaints from many residents, a meeting is to be held to discuss re-opening the recently closed off pedestrian area that runs past Real Club Nautico in Arrecife. The proposal is to open the route in one direction only, and interested people are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held on 27th June at 8PM at the Islas Canarias Park in the area.

Man Arrested In Property Scam

A 21 year old man, residing in Playa Honda, has been arrested for running a property scam. His MO was to rent properties for a weekend and then pose as the owner and invite potential tenants to view them and place a deposit, and in some cases advance rentals, to secure them for long term contracts. The man is a Spanish citizen with previous convictions for fraud. He will appear in court next week.

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