20,000 illegal home amnesty to be overturned – no photo of King on wall

On the 9th of July, in a fiercely fought battle, the government of the Balearic Isles voted in a landmark amnesty for 20,000 illegal homes across the islands. The vote was forced through, and bitterly opposed by the opposition, ecologist groups and the national government. Well, the opposition have spotted a loophole and lodged an appeal to have the Constitutional Court overturn the vote – because the voting chamber didn’t have the official photo of Continue reading 20,000 illegal home amnesty to be overturned – no photo of King on wall

Illegal homes blow – “reinterpretation” of law put off due to holidays

The Spanish legal term prescripción doesn’t have a direct UK translation, despite it being such a useful get out of jail free card. It means “to fall outside of the statue of limitations”, and what that means is that whatever criminal offence you’ve committed, if you keep quiet about it for long enough, you can no longer be prosecuted. For example, let us assume you go into your local friendly supermarket and “lift” a jamón Continue reading Illegal homes blow – “reinterpretation” of law put off due to holidays

Six British homes in Albox face demolition

A case deciding upon demolition orders for six British owned homes in Albox has started, in which their builders face up to four years apiece in jail. The homes, all owned by British families, are in urbanisation Las Palmeras de Albox, near Llanos de los Olleres. The ex-Councillor for Building of Albox was facing charges in this case, but his recent death means he’s out of the court case.

No more demolitions say Junta (unless they happen, of course)

The Junta de Andalucia has dismissed concerns by the Almanzora Business Association AEPA (Asociación de Empresarios de Albox-Valle del Almanzora (AEPA)) about future house demolitions, saying that they are concentrating on making home legal, not seeking demolitions of existing homes. But no changes to the law are being planned, and no special exemptions will be allowed to legalise the illegal homes in Albox area. “Our objective is to legalise as many of these homes as Continue reading No more demolitions say Junta (unless they happen, of course)

Finally, Mojacar on the BBC (yep, it’s illegal homes again)

BBC Inside Out tonight aired a piece with Paul and Joan Cooper who spent €180,000 on a home that was illegal in Zurgena. Naturally, the home was illegal, it’s facing demolition, no compensation and they’re facing ruin. BBC Still, Mojacar gets quite a few nice shots, along with lots of homes being knocked down, empty villas and half built apartment blocks. Spanish justice gets a mention, and a good interview with Maura Hillen from AUAN, Continue reading Finally, Mojacar on the BBC (yep, it’s illegal homes again)

Junta attempt to legalise illegal homes overturned by the courts

If your home is illegal, it stays illegal, say the Courts, despite the “planning law” attempt to legalise said homes. Seville’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Junta de Andalucia’s law which attempted to legalise 250,000 homes built illegally, cannot be used to legalise homes which were constructed against planning regulations. In a test case bought by a promoter facing six months jail and the demolition of his home in Seville, the Court ruled that Continue reading Junta attempt to legalise illegal homes overturned by the courts

Four years to the day: the Prior’s “celebrate” their anniversary

It’s exactly four years to the day since the Junta de Andalucia, in one fell swoop, destroyed the building industry in Andalucia by knocking down the home of an innocent retired British couple called Helen and Len Prior in Vera. This home, the first home to be demolished by the Junta and, to date, the only one demolished in the province, was supposed to be the start of a great wave of demolishments of illegal Continue reading Four years to the day: the Prior’s “celebrate” their anniversary

AUAN call meeting to discuss illegal homes regularisation decree

From the AUAN: We have organised an informal meeting to discuss the draft of the decree to “regularise” houses in Andalucia. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 20th of July in Macael and will be attended by some 15 people including representatives of political parties, promoters, citizens, ecologists, architects, lawyers, local functionaries, notaries, urban planners and other social agents. The meeting is not open to the public to facilitate a more informal dialogue but Continue reading AUAN call meeting to discuss illegal homes regularisation decree

How will Junta make illegal homeowners legalise their homes? The Junta explains

An interview in today’s La Voz from Josefina Cruz, the Andalucian Minister for Public Works & Housing, makes for fascinating reading. Of course, the interviewer couldn’t be bothered to ask the right questions, but if you read between the lines it’s obvious that the process is going to be a large and expensive one. She has raised the subject of the Guild of Arquitects – I’m willing to bet that this means that all homeowners Continue reading How will Junta make illegal homeowners legalise their homes? The Junta explains