Why Madrid’s Poor Fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone Reply

Raquel Mejias

Raquel Mejias, 39, who is HIV positive and has one lung, waits before learning that her eviction was suspended in Madrid, in this October 2, 2014.

Reuters.com–Last year Madrid’s city and regional governments sold almost 5,000 rent-controlled flats to private equity investors including Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. At the time, the tenants were told their rental conditions would remain the same.

But as old contracts expire, dozens of people have received demands for higher rent, been told their rents will increase dramatically, been threatened with eviction or moved out to escape the insecurity. Thousands of Spain’s poor now depend for their homes on the generosity of private equity.

Jamila Bouzelmat is one of them. The mother of six lives in a four-bedroom flat on the outskirts of the Spanish capital that was bought jointly by Goldman and a Spanish firm.

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Read more of this Special Report on Reuters.com: Why Madrid’s Poor Fear Goldman Sachs and Blackstone

Yasmin Rubiano Madrid

Unemployed hairdresser and mother-of-three Yasmin Rubiano looks at documents at her flat in Madrid June 30, 2014.

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