whose dream homes in Spain have been declared illegal and threatened with
demolition should now be able to claim compensation before the
bulldozers move in, after a legal change by the Spanish Senate affecting all of Spains Autonomous regions.
to an amendment
to Spain’s penal code, agreed upon by members of the ruling
Popular Party and opposition Socialists, judges will in future have the power
to stay the execution of a demolition order until compensation has been
provided to the property owner, as long as they can demonstrate they bought the
house in good faith.
are an estimated 300,000 illegal homes across Andalucia. Many foreign
buyers complain that property agents and even town hall
officials failed to
inform them of the legal situation during the purchase process.
AUAN association, which represents the owners of over 12,000 illegal homes in
the Andalucian Valley of Almanzora and which had pressed for the reform,
guardedly celebrated this new legal protection for house buyers. Gerardo
Vázquez, an AUAN lawyer, said that the amendment “protects good-faith buyers,
but does not go as far as would have wished”.
many of whose members are Britons who unsuspectingly bought houses in Almeria,
wants such properties to be made legal and for occupants to be able to get
proper water and electricity supplies, services which are often denied to
properties declared to have been built without legal permits.
razing of four homes belonging to British pensioners in the Almerian village of
Cantoria last November prompted AUAN to begin the lobbying process which led to
the Senate amendment.
is supporting the attempt by one British couple to challenge the demolition
order on their Andalucian home in the European
Court of Human Rights, citing the right to property ownership
as enshrined by the European Court of Human Rights.
James Badcock, Madrid, Source:Daily
Listen to the President of the AUAN Maura Hillen discuss the decision here http://www.costaalmeria.spectrumfm.net