Spanish Coastal Homes – Demolition Threat

Thousands of foreign property owners in Spain are facing the demolition of their properties. The Spanish government has announced plans to pull down chalets, homes, hotels and swimming pools on 480 miles of the Mediterranean coast.

The reason for this is that these properties have breached Government legislation – Spanish law states that beaches are public property and no construction can take place within 100 metres of any beach. This regulation has regularly been breached by both builders and local authorities leaving many property owners with properties that do not comply with national legislation.

The Government is taking a slightly sympathetic stance – officials will negotiate with home owners and regional authorities with a view to selling the properties, rather than just grabbing them.

There is still much confusion as the properties which are under threat and this will probably have a knock-on effect on house prices, driving them down.

However, experts believe that the threat may come to nothing – so many properties have been built in breach of the regulations that it would be impractical to knock them all down.

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