HOMEOWNERS facing repossession proceedings could escape eviction, after the Junta passed a decree to expropriate residential properties.
The plan is to effectively buy the houses and allow owners to live rent free for at least the first three years.
Using an old law passed in dictator Franco’s day, to qualify the family must be at risk of social exclusion if evicted and their mortgage instalments need to be more than a third of the household income.
The law has ironically come under strong criticism from the right wing PP party, to which Franco once belonged.
Another scheme will tackle housing shortage by encouraging rentals.
It will introduce rental incentives and place fines of up to €9,000 on unoccupied properties owned by developers and financial institutions.
The Junta estimates that there are 700,000 empty properties in Andalucia.