Prior’s compensation case rejected by Supreme Court

The Priors, whose home was demolished in Vera in 2008, and who have since become the human face of the illegal homes scandal, have had their claim for compensation against Vera townhall rejected by the Supreme Court of Andalucia (TSJA).

Vera and the Priors have been wrangling in the courts over the issue of a €740,650 compensation claim issued against the town for having granted them building licenses which were later revoked by the Junta de Andalucia.

The claim came after the TSJA in 2012 decided that the building license issued to the Priors should never have been issued in the first place.

The sentence, which was decided in July but only now made public, says that the although the license issued by the townhall was in hindsight invalid, “it cannot be stated that the actions of the townhall were the direct cause of the damages which are being reclaimed”. Which means no compensation.

The Priors have for the last few years been living in a house provided by the townhall after a Judge ruled that the town must pay for their accommodation until the case is finally resolved. It looks as if this will now end and the Priors must return to their garage, the only bit of their home not knocked down by the Junta.

Their living nightmare continues as a warning to all who are thinking about buying or building a nice little home that’s not in the centre of town.

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