Caused by the financial crisis and a chronic lack of accomodation on the island, but also at a national level, Lanzarote continues to endure social housing problems.
For a long time now many families have been forced to occupy abandoned homes as is the case of the 50 families and some 30 children who, occupy the Senador apartments, Costa Teguise.
A few days ago the electricity and water supplies were cut of because of an outstanding bill of up to 8,000 euros.
"We have been told that we were stealing electricity, but they have no proof " said Roberto Hernández, a spokesman for the squatters.
The squatters there are from all walks of life, supermarket managers, hotel workers but most of them are unemployed and do not receive benefits.
Lancelot Television spoke to Oswaldo Betancort mayor of teguise who said he will solve the problem as soon as possible. "We are doing everything possible to restore normality, but the owner insists on the rehabilitation of the property and we want this situation, within the law, to be resolved as soon as possible." Betancort said.
The problem is not confined to Costa Teguise, as in Yaiza, several areas of Playa Blanca and a complex near calle El Verol have been invaded by squatters.
Juan Monzón, councillor for San Borondón in Yaiza blamed a huge shortage of long term lets on the island for the problem.