Tenants who are in arrears with their rent can be evicted within ten days if they are not able to present a reasonable explanation before a judge.

This is just one of the measures contained in a bill entitled “Measures for Promoting Flexibility and Giving Impetus to the Rental Housing Sector”, which has been put into force, by the Spanish Council of Ministers.

In the past regulations forced the landlord to sue in court and obtain a judgment for eviction due to non-payment of rent. This was a very lengthy process, and right up to the last minute, the tenant could pay something and avoid eviction.

The new law sets a deadline of ten days for the tenant to pay their outstanding rent, and if they do not, a judge can terminate the contract immediately, without further proceedings.

The completion of the process will be by order of the judge, instead of a decree issued by the clerk of the court.