The ‘Motorhome Districts’ Increase in Palma due to the High Rental Prices
Little by little, more people make the decision to live in motorhomes of just eight square meters not being able to afford the cost of rent.
The rental price in Palma de Mallorca is causing more neighbourhoods of motorhomes to appear. The curious thing is that these vehicles are not for tourists, but belong to workers who, due to their delicate situation, have been forced to live this way.
Their salary does not allow them to live on rent, so they have had to opt for this alternative. Some of them draw electricity from solar panels installed in the motorhome and to access drinking water they have no choice but to ask one of their neighbours.
Those affected say that the living conditions, in barely eight square meters, are not pleasant and makes it “very hard”. Another problem is the cold weather, which, especially in recent weeks, is very difficult to combat.
One of them is Juanjo, who every day has to assemble and disassemble his bed to be able to move in the small space of which it is, for now his house. ” The spaces are very small”, he says, assuring that, on some occasions they give him “anxiety attacks”.
He works in the hotel business, but he only gets sporadic jobs that do not give him the stability or economic strength necessary to pay rent. ” I don’t live here because I want to, but because I can’t access a home, “he explains, “it is impossible, in the Balearic Islands, to earn 1,000 euros and pay 700”.
More and more people are in the same situation, which is raising the recurrence of images of car parks full of these motorhomes, so that mobile neighbourhoods are formed. The municipal ordinance prohibits parking for more than ten days in the same place, so you have to move parking.
Cristina is another person who did not find a house with an affordable price. “They asked for 1,400 euros and I do not have that sort of money”, she regrets. In Palma, an apartment of 60 square meters costs, on average, up to 837 euros per month. An amount to which others have decided to find the solution by moving away. ” I’m going to live in the Peninsula because renting here is impossible,” says another affected.