Madrid will eliminate the obsolete certificate of habitability to avoid duplication
The Council of Government of the Community of Madrid has requested the opinion of the Legal Advisory Commission of the Community on the project to abolish the habitability certificate in the region, whose requirements go back to the pre-constitutional stage and, with the aim of reducing formalities bureaucratic and end the duplicity that represents the obligation to obtain this document and the license of first occupation.
It was created in 1937 and its regulations had been manifestly obsolete. it is a very old figure and dictated in a historical context that has been overcome, which shows important gaps and contradictions with the current normative and current housing models.
The proposal to delete the habitability card basically responds to two reasons. On the one hand, it is a very old figure that shows important gaps and contradictions with the current normative and current housing models; and also the obtaining of the certificate of habitability is not the only precise authorization for the occupation of the house.
The first occupation license is also necessary, whose granting is the responsibility of the Town Councils, to confirm that the building can be inhabited for the intended use because it is in an appropriate area and to meet the ideal conditions of safety and health that are also required as a requirement in the identification card.
Therefore, the elimination of this certificate of habitability will eliminate this duplication of powers by different public administrations and avoid unnecessary administrative burdens for citizens.
The Community of Madrid currently issues this card in the following cases: for existing homes, as a document that may be necessary for contracting water, gas and electricity services; first occupations of free housing; second and subsequent housing occupations; and houses for tourist use, regulated by Decree 79/2014, which are required to have this document-