AUAN: Prosecution withdraws demand to demolish five British houses in Oria because of new Criminal Code

AUAN press release: We are please to report that the recent change to the Criminal Code has resulted in good news for five British owned homes in the Rambla de Oria area in Almeria. (see article Europapress). We feel that the change to the Criminal Code, as a result of a campaign by AUAN and SOHA,  to require prior compensation for purchasers in good faith has given the courts the tools to deal fairly with Continue reading AUAN: Prosecution withdraws demand to demolish five British houses in Oria because of new Criminal Code

Well behaved illegal homes can now become legal

The Andalusian ruling council has just approved a modification to the LOUA, the Andalucian land law, allowing illegal homes that haven’t been denounced to quietly be permitted. Three articles of this law will be modified. If your illegal home is not in a special protection zone, nor in a dangerous area, has not been denounced or is not involved in an investigation, is detached on its own parcel of land and generally being blameless, and Continue reading Well behaved illegal homes can now become legal

Arboleas ex-mayor barred from public office for building a swimming pool

Ángel García, who used to be PSOE mayor of Arboleas, has been barred from holding public office for the next four years after he was found guilty of manipulating public documents to build a swimming pool in his house. His house was next to a green zone, upon which building is not permitted. Ignoring this petty little rule, Ángel went ahead and convinced the townhall to sell off this green land – although this is Continue reading Arboleas ex-mayor barred from public office for building a swimming pool

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

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

Mojacar Mayor fined for refusing to demolish friends illegal house

The Mayor of Mojácar, Rosa Maria Caño (PP), has been fined for refusing to carry out her duties and order the partial demolition of the illegal extension of a house owned by a friend of hers, a prominent PSOE politician from Garrucha called Nicolas Piñero. The house in question is across the rambla before you get to the Parque Comercial, coming down the hill, and is marked by a large billboard reading “Obras Illegal”. The Continue reading Mojacar Mayor fined for refusing to demolish friends illegal house

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

Albox refuses to consign compensation to illegal house owners and appeals

Albox townhall has refused to consign 3.104.185€ to the local courts to cover its “civil responsibility” for permitting the construction and sale of 98 illegal homes to British citizens, and has voted unanimously to appeal the sentence. Read my explanation of the court order over here. Rogelio Mena, the PSOE Mayor, says that neither he nor his team were responsible for allowing the constructions (he blames the previous PP mayor from the other party) and Continue reading Albox refuses to consign compensation to illegal house owners and appeals

Albox townhall has “civil responsibility” in case of 98 Brit owned demolitions

Albox townhall has been told it has civil responsibility in the case of 98 mainly British owned houses that face demolition in the town, and has been ordered to consign 3,1 million euros to the courts to cover any possible compensation costs. Three building companies are also named in the judicial order: ‘Proyecto y Construcciones Almanzora SL’, Procoal Villas SL, & Empire Villas SL. The three companies share civil responsibility with the townhall, but as Continue reading Albox townhall has “civil responsibility” in case of 98 Brit owned demolitions