Illegal homes still at risk

Although new laws have been passed to “protect” buyers who bought in good faith campaigners say the latest changes are “another nail in the coffin” for the continuing property crisis in Spain.

The latest amendments have been made in what looks like a desperate attempt to breathe life into the Spanish real-estate market by relaxing the requirement for urban developments. However, the changes do not help those with illegal property in rural areas.

Almeria based pressure group AUAN say that those buying in good faith will still be held responsible and could still face losing their homes.

Maura Hillen, president of AUAN said “If you buy an illegal house in good faith, you still inherit the problem, according to section 35,”. This represents hundreds of home-owners who, through no fault of their own, have ended up with an illegal property. Worryingly, this could even apply to people who’s homes were wrongly entered into the property register.

Hillen went on to say “Given that the property register currently gives a clean bill of health to Helen and Len Priors house (the home famously demolished in 2008), you can understand the risks that you face.

“These latest changes are neither sensible nor practical. Sadly this regional government never listens and this bill is just another nail in the coffin.”

AUAN estimates the number of illegal homes in Andalucia at around 300,000, affecting just under 1 million people, and with a total value of  around 60 billion euros.

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