Locksmiths say they’ll no longer assist with evictions
Spanish banks looking to foreclose on delinquent mortgage owners in and around Pamplona will no longer have the assistance of the community’s locksmiths. Last month, they announced they would no longer change the locks on people banks want to evict.
In Spain, in 2012, more than 50,000 families were evicted from their homes when they failed to pay their rent or mortgage.
As the year wound down, a handful of people committed suicide after learning they would be evicted. Now, in Pamplona, a group of experts who help carry out the evictions has said ‘No more.’ Those experts? Locksmiths.
It’s a pretty ingenious way to stop evictions, really.
The police might come and drag debtors out. But if no one changes the locks on the apartment, the bank can’t repossess it, because the evictees can get back in.
And the legal proceedings to get them out again would take months, even years.
Banks and government authorities have been evicting an average of two families a day in recent months in and around Pamplona. Locksmiths like Iker de Carlos are hoping to put an end to it. De Carlos says in this small city, the dozen or so locksmiths often know the people they have to lock out.