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Spanish property scandal: expat battle to save Albox homes

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There may be as many as 300,000 'illegal' homes across the Andalucia region in Spain Photo: Design Pics Inc/Rex Features

There may be as many as 300,000 'illegal' homes across the Andalucia region in Spain Photo: Design Pics Inc/Rex Features


The property in Albox, Andalucía, is part of a group of homes served with demolition orders in 2012. The couple, who do not wish to be identified at this stage, built the property in 2002 and say that they believed that they had planning permission from the local council and all the necessary paperwork.



They were issued with a demolition order in December 2009. The couple's lawyer, Gerardo Manuel Vazquez, says the planning and real estate system in the region is "absurd".

"My clients were sold the Spanish dream which has turned out to be a nightmare," he said. "There are a number of other British couples in Albox alone in a similar situation and some in a worse situation with a final judgment against their property.

"Changes in the law are obviously required, which, in my view, must go beyond the mere tinkering that has recently taken place."


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