1,480 families evicted from homes in Portugal since January

The first nine months of 2017 saw 1,480 Portuguese families evicted from their homes.

It is an average of “more than five per day”, says Observador, adding that last year’s total of 1,931 families looks like being exceeded if evictions continue at the current rate.

The news site adds that the data represents a doubling of figures for 2013, while ‘real numbers could be even more’.

The national association of tenants blames “low salaries, and rents that are becoming more and more difficult to pay”.

Says Observador, this news follows a warning from the Bank of Portugal of the “risks of a property bubble, bearing in mind the increase in house prices in some regions of the country”.

Estate agents association APEMIP has also warned of “above reasonable” house prices in areas of Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve, says the site.