Turre in land grab move

There is a fascinating article in this week’s Costa Almería News in which Mayor Martin of Turre explains how he’s going to bring the mountain urbanisations of Cabera and Cortijo Grande under council control. It seems there is a plan afoot for the council to take over the running of the Juntas of both urbanisations, and then finish off urbanisation proceedings there. Mayor Martin talks of a 3,3 million euro investment project that will have Continue reading

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

2 more British home to be demolished in Cantoria this 18th

The Junta has confirmed it is to demolish two British owned homes in Las Terreras,  Cantoria this 18th of November. The demolitions are a continuation of two other demolitions carried out early last year, which were stopped by Cantoria townhall. The same sentence that ordered the demolitions fired the Mayor of the town, Pedro Llamas, for having lied to the court about allowing these homes to be connected to utilities. The original two demolitions were Continue reading

650 homes across Cuevas declared illegal by courts

Some 650 homes across Cuevas del Almanzora have been deemed illegal after a judge rolled up dozens of separate court cases into one massive case and confirmed the annulment of the towns 2003 zoning plan (PGOU). The PGOU, ruled the Judge, went against the planning laws at the time and should never have been permitted. This means that hundreds of home owners of all nationalities have suddenly discovered that their building license have been revoked, Continue reading

Illegal home owners visit the Andalusian Parliament

Representatives of associations of those affected by ilegal houses known as Abusos Urbanísticos Almanzora NO (AUAN) and Save our Homes in Axarquia (SOHA), report about their meetings during two intense days in Seville in the Andalusian Parliament. They were there to assess the bill approved on Tuesday by the Cabinet that could serve to regularize a significant number or irregular houses in various parts of the Autonomous Community. On the first of these days, Tuesday, Continue reading

AUAN “impatient” for planning law to be changed ASAP

AUAN press release 07/10/14: Responding to today’s announcement of the initiation of a parliamentary bill to amend the Planning Laws of Andalusia (LOUA) to deal with illegal land divisions, thus allowing more houses to be regularized ……. SOHA and AUAN are pleased with the agreement reached between PSOE and IU in relation to this initiative.   But at the same time we are impatient for this change to be made law as soon as possible. Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Chief Justice says: no more home demolitions in Almeria

The senior Judge of Almería province, Luis Columna, has said that the Judges of Almería do not want to order any more home demolitions in the province, and will do everything possible to prevent being forced to give out any more demolition orders. The comments came today after being interviewed about yesterdays shock decision to award five British families “moral damages” against the townhall of Albox. Judge Luis said he wanted to send out a Continue reading

Albox ordered to pay “moral compensation” to illegal home owners

Four British families who saw their dream homes in Albox ruined have been partially compensated today after Penal Court Nº2 of Almería ordered Albox townhall to pay a total of 142.800€ to them. The court said that Albox townhall was the legal co-respondent in the case, along with the builders, as they did nothing to stop the illegal builds, issued local building permits and “granted an air of legality to the scam which otherwise would Continue reading

98 British owned homes in Albox sent to be demolished by prosecutors

Ignoring all the Junta de Andalucia nonsense about restoring the statue of limitations for illegal builds – the worst possible legal solution there is – the public prosecutor has announced it will file a court case seeking to demolish 98 mainly British owned homes in Albox. The homes form two urbanisations, ‘El Romeral-La Aljambra’, and were built between 2004 and 2006. The brothers who owned the building firm responsible for the constructions -their names are Continue reading