Hope for expat illegal home owners

ILLEGAL home owners have seen a ray of hope thanks to a decision reached yesterday (March 11) by the Spanish Senate.

Parliamentary groups agreed to an amendment of the reform of the Penal Code to allow judges to delay demolition of illegal homes bought in good faith until compensation is guaranteed for the owners.

The amendment was presented by PSOE socialist party, which collaborated with Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No (AUAN) group.

Although expatriates affected by the problem had been losing hope due to a lack of evident support for their cause, the amendment is good news, although it remains to see how judges interpret the amendment.
AUAN lawyer Gerardo Vazquez said: “It’s not everything we were asking for, but it could help those affected.”

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