Expats take to the streets to protest homes licence 'atrocity'

People demonstrate in front of Alcaucin Town Hall.

MORE than 100 people, many of them expatriates, took to the streets to demonstrate against a move which they fear could lead to 17 homes being demolished.

An anonymous complaint has led Alcaucin Town Council to revoke the permits of 17 houses built on non-urban land between 1997 and 2004. 

It did so during a meeting held on Tuesday evening and at the request of the Directorate General of Land Planning.

The regional government body received an anonymous report complaining about these houses.  Alcaucin Mayor Domingo Lozano explained the council was only complying with the regional government’s request.

“I’m against this measure because it’s an atrocity,” he added.

“It’s surreal. These people bought their houses in good faith, they spent all their savings and some of them have been living here for 20 years,” said Councillor Elena Fernandez.

Some hundred people, most of them expatriates, demonstrated in front of the town hall to protest against this measure that could eventually lead to the demolition of the houses.

They were summoned by Save Our Homes in Axarquia (SOHA), an organisation set up in 2008 to save homes facing a similar situation.

According to SOHA, this is the result of the lack of intelligence by the regional government (Junta de Andalucia) to propose viable solutions to the urban planning chaos that has developed in the last decade.

“The Junta has the law by its side. We have justice,” said SOHA President Philip Smalley, speaking to Malaga Hoy. Recently two homes in Cantoria, Almeria were demolished on the Junta’s orders despite having 

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    • lulu Jones

      19 December 2013 • 22:26

      This situation is absolutely disgusting!!! Honest, community minded, law abiding citizens, who did NOTHING at all wrong, other than to choose to ‘migrate’ to Spain, with all the financial benefits that brings to Spain, a full member of the European Commuity, now find themselves robbed of their autonomy. No longer can they freely make decisions with regard to their homes, which in the main, represent their life savings. Instead they are effectively being held hostage by the Spanish authorities who increasingly seem hell-bent on
      causing continued worry and mental pain to these persons and to wring every last penny out of them. Of course, the illegal, immoral actions of their own politicians continue.
      Much love to Mario, of Alcucin Council…a man of integrity.

    • doo

      20 December 2013 • 13:35

      Specifically, where is this happening? Have been wanting to find a small place on the Mediterranean in Southeast Spain.

    • Tony

      24 December 2013 • 11:09

      I wouldn’t even consider buying in Spain, you basically cannot buy a property in the campo of Andalucía which is not illegal.
      Eventually, it could be demolished!!
      If you’re happy with town life, fine, but still be careful.

    • sheila

      27 January 2014 • 15:06

      I have 2 friends who live there and bought their house legally like everyone else there.They pay their taxes, put money into the Spanish community. They are worried sick, obviously. Something needs to be done to help all these people. Who would want to move to Spain if they demolish all those houses? It would give Spain a terrible name!!!!!


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