SPAIN: The Musical Landlord

For ten years Spanish landlords have cursed and crabbed over a law that forbids raising the rent of a tenant, but it remained for Francisco Lopez Luque of Granada to say it with music. Last week he had his tenants dancing.

A tall, corpulent, retired (65) engineer and widower, Don Francisco owns a handsome two-story house on the busy Calle de los Reyes Catolicos. He himself occupies the upper floor. Below are the offices of the Banco de Bilbao, which for 15 years has paid him a yearly rent of 12,000 pesetas ($1,080), now about one-tenth of what the landlord...

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