COMMON GROUND: Residents groups unite to protect homeowners in Spain

POLITICAL MOVEMENT: Members of AUAN are fighting for a change in the law. Photo:

TWO groups in Almeria and Axarquia have joined forces to push the Junta de Andalucia for changes to laws affecting homeowners.


Both AUAN in Almeria and SOHA (Save Our Homes Axarquia) are working to resolve the issue of ‘irregular’ homes, often bought in good faith in and which face legal uncertainty.


Maura Hillen, president of AUAN, said: “Our objective is to join forces and propose an urgent solution for the issue of access to water, electricity and paperwork for those awaiting legalisation via a town plan so that homeowners can live with dignity and be free from the worry of embargos and inheritance issues by being able to register their property in their own name at the Land Registry.


“This is something that they currently cannot do until the legalisation process is completed. Something which can take decades, if it ever happens at all”.


There are an estimated 14,000 irregular houses in Chiclana awaiting legalisation via a town plan.

According to AUAN, many of them do not have access to running water because current planning regulations do not allow them access to the mains water.


The group met with several associations last week to discuss draft text of a parliamentary bill, developed by AUAN, which would allow houses on ‘asentamientos’ (those awaiting legalisation), to be able to connect to available services as well as to register their homes.

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