Over the last twenty years many thousands of people have bought into the Spanish dream by buying their dream home in the sun. For many, however, the dream was more like a nightmare and for some it continues.
A British couple living in Albox, Almeria, bought their three bedroom home with a first occupation licence and also the much coveted building licence, issued by the town hall, yet they now face the prospect of watching their home demolished.
The couple had previously overturned a demolition order because they had not been informed of the legal proceedings but now a judge has reviewed the case and said that the licence should indeed be revoked meaning the property could now be demolished.
“The court has again decided that the building licence is null, which under Spanish law implies demolition”, said the couple’s lawyer Gerardo Vásquez.
“The house has a first occupation licence issued by the town hall, is registered at the land registry and has electricity and water. So, in theory at least, it has the requisite paperwork, unlike hundreds or thousands of others in the area.” he added.
The Junta de Andalucia announced a new decree recently to regularise properties built without a licence but this property faces demolition despite being far more legitimate than many others that will benefit from the decree.
The situation is bizarre and not what was expected under the new decree. Sr. Vásquez said “That people who obtained a building licence and have all the requisite paperwork are likely to be worse off than the very many other people who built without such a licence makes a mockery of the whole planning system.”
Obviously the couple are devastated by the news and they plan to appeal the judgement.
British couple Len and Helen Prior watched as their dream home was demolished in 2008. They became the first to see their home demolished under the socialist governments plan to stop the “concreting of the costas”.
Spain sold itself across the world as a place to “live the dream”, and it still does. It’s a shame they don’t mention all the corruption and illegal activity within the local governments which they now blame on the consumer absolving themselves of all responsibility.