Cantoria Residents Association closes and hands over to the AUAN

Cantoria Residents Association has closed its doors after many years of service to the ex pat community helping new residents settle into the area, make new friends and appreciate the local culture.   The association, which organised one of the first protest marches in 2008 to highlight the plight of those who had purchased illegal houses in the area, has elected to transfer its remaining funds to the campaign group, AUAN.   ‘Cantoria Residents Association Continue reading Cantoria Residents Association closes and hands over to the AUAN

Joy for families affected by demolition orders as change in compensation law voted through

Some 100 people came from Cantabria, Almería, Málaga and Valencia to the Senate on June 24th to call for justice, as a compromise text presented by the Partido Popular to an amendment proposed by the Socialist Group was agreed. When this initiative becomes law, the houses of innocent families cannot be demolished without prior compensation when planning permission is revoked, as happened to the Priors for whom this change, sadly, comes too late.   Representatives Continue reading Joy for families affected by demolition orders as change in compensation law voted through

Albox has an English speaking Councillor

Albox has a new English speaking councillor for Tourism and International Relations in the person of Maura Hillen, an Irish national and former IT director, who has lived in Albox for nearly 8 years.   Mrs. Hillen is probably better known as the president of the home owner’s association, AUAN, where she leads a campaign on behalf of homeowners who purchased an illegal property in good faith.   ‘This is a new challenge for me’ Continue reading Albox has an English speaking Councillor

Spanish Senate rejects homeowners bid to improve the reliability of the Land Registry

Land Registry still not obliged to record existence of planning irregularities or demolition orders Homeowners associations from across Spain failed in their bid to persuade the Spanish Senate to vote in favour of an amendment to the law regulating the Land Registry aimed at protecting buyers who purchase a house with a clean bill of health from a Land Registry Search (Nota Simple) only to find that the property has planning issues or even a Continue reading Spanish Senate rejects homeowners bid to improve the reliability of the Land Registry

Spanish senate prepares to reject amendment to protect consumers who purchaser a property in good in good faith

Spanish senate prepares to reject amendment  to protect consumers who purchaser a property in good in good faith   As Spain gears up for an influx of foreign visitors, many of whom succumb to the temptation to buy their dream home in the sun, the home owner’s campaign groups, AUAN and SOHA, reveal that, in the session of the Spanish Senate Justice Commission of 5th May 2015, the ruling PP party voted against all of Continue reading Spanish senate prepares to reject amendment to protect consumers who purchaser a property in good in good faith

Another step to protect purchasers in good faith

AUAN and SOHA, the associations campaigning against planning abuses, have released information about an important new step taken by the Socialist Group in the Senate, aimed at giving legal security to third party purchasers in good faith who invest in the Spanish property market.  The Socialist Group has presented an amendment to an existing Bill to reform the Mortgage Act (Ley Hipotecaria) and the Catastral Property Act. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment of Continue reading Another step to protect purchasers in good faith

Spain rejects compensation for conned purchasers of illegal homes

The PP Party has rejected all amendments submitted by other political parties, including one related to illegal houses, proposed by the PSOE, to guarantee compensation to purchasers in good faith prior to demolition. This means the amendment to the Spanish Criminal Code is now likely to fail, leaving once again those who have been conned into buying an illegal house without recourse to criminal law. According to the spokesperson for AUAN, one of the associations Continue reading Spain rejects compensation for conned purchasers of illegal homes

Spanish senate considers changing penal code to protect purchasers in good faith

‘A golden opportunity’ according to campaigners The hopes of home owners associations from across Spain have been raised by a proposed change to the Criminal Code (Codigo Penal) presented by the PSOE political party in the Senate (the upper house of the Spanish parliament) on the 18th February. The amendment seeks to ensure that third parties who purchase an illegal property in good faith receive compensation before the property is demolished.  Homeowners group AUAN from Continue reading Spanish senate considers changing penal code to protect purchasers in good faith

17 more British homes to be demolished in Cantoria

The News agency Europa Press has revealed that a court in Almeria, Andalusia, Spain has ordered the demolition of 17 houses in Media Legua in the town of Cantoria. In the court judgement, to which Europa Press had access, the judge rejected the State Prosecutors request to compensate third party purchasers in good faith because there was “insufficient evidence of their existence”, despite the fact that the British owners had purchased the homes through a Continue reading 17 more British homes to be demolished in Cantoria

Two British homes demolished today in Cantoria

At one o’clock today, 18th November 2014, representatives of the regional government demolished the home of Frank and Janet Dole, in Las Terreras, a tiny hamlet in Cantoria in the Valley of Almanzora. Frank and Janet had purchased the property, one of four on a small development, in early 2005 from their promoter, Francisco Pedrosa Moreno, only to discover in late 2006 that the property was in fact illegal and that the promoter had been Continue reading Two British homes demolished today in Cantoria