More Spanish homes to be bulldozed

Spain beach feetThe saga of British expats being threatened with having their homes bulldozed continues after police turned up on the doorstep of around a dozen homes just before Christmas to serve them with demolition notices. The properties have been set for demolition in early spring unless a last ditch appeal succeeds.

The pair of Spanish homes in question are near Albox in Almeria in south-east Spain. The local town hall had initially issued building licenses for the properties however court action by a higher regional government led to the licenses being nullified.

The Spanish homes under threat are owned by British expats who have vowed to fight for their homes. Many claim that both them and their builder were totally unaware that their building license had been revoked and that if bulldozers turn up, they will barricade themselves in their homes to attempt to stop the demolition.

The demolition order is not the first in the area – two years ago, another British couple had their Spanish property bulldozed nearby after their building license was revoked. The couple are now said to be living in a converted garage nearby and have yet to receive any compensation over the matter.

The Spanish government are currently cracking down on Spanish properties that have been built on green-belt land. Although several properties were bulldozed in early 2008, a court has ruled that demolition is illegal and so homeowners are now being notified of the issues with their houses. Around 500 miles of Spanish coastline are currently being targeted leaving many Spanish property investors concerned over the status of their investments. Celebrities and ordinary home owners alike have been caught up in the Spanish property bulldozing saga.

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  1. Albania Property Group | May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Once again it brings into our attention the issue of how important is to consult with local lawyers. As well as local real estate agents with experience in the market.

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