Gabriel Alberto Andrade poses in his conditioned van where he has lived for a year in Ibiza, on August 11, 2017.
(AFP / JAIME REINA)
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Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain's Ibiza where rental prices have shot up as mass tourism takes its toll on locals.The number of tourists visiting Ibiza, a small island of just 142,000 inhabitants, has almost doubled from 1.7 million in 2010 to 3 million in 2016, according to the regional statistics institute.High demand for accommodation prompted the appearance of scores of tourist rentals, most of them without a permit, provoking a rise in real estate prices and making it hard to find a room for less than 600 euros.The citizen's Platform of those Affected by Rental Prices in Ibiza has detailed the existence of countless abusive offers – 500 euros a month to live on a balcony, 300 euros for a mattress not including the bathroom, or 2,100 euros for a small caravan.With a salary of just 1,400 euros as a truck driver and vendor, Andrade chose to buy his van for 3,000 euros.
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