SHOCKING new figures have revealed that 184 Spaniards a day were evicted from their homes in 2013.
A total of 67,189 people were forced from their homes last year, for failing to keep up with mortgage payments or falling foul of tenancy laws.
For the first time, eviction figures have been released by the General Council of the Judiciary, that reveal the true extent of the eviction epidemic.
Cataluna saw the highest eviction rate, with 23.8% of the total, followed by Valencia with 14.6%, Andalucia with 13.8% and Madrid with 13%.
The number of open cases of home foreclosures, however, dropped to 82,650 – down by 9.8% from 2012.
The fall is due to new legislation passed in 2013, that gives judges power to prevent evictions if they believe clauses in the contract are ‘abusive’.
The dramatic rise in eviction rates has led to numerous protests demanding change to Spanish law, which currently leaves homeowners liable for mortgage payments even after losing their properties.