You´re right of course but the difference between the law and the reality is sometimes large. You don´t always get what you´re entitled to and in lots of communities, like in ours, that gap is large. The only advise I can give is to find yourself a good lawyer and not someone who is only interested in the developer and not in his client.
The average ´real estate´ lawyer advertising on the web as English speaking, taking everything out of your hands and taking care of all your needs is in reality completely focussed on the developers interests. They provide him with thousands of clients while that one time buyer is just that: a one off who will anyway not return. Especially the UK citizens have an enormous trust in what they call their sollicitor and pay him or her 1% of the value of the property. For that price they don´t even properly read the contract, sign on your behalf that you will pay the plusvalia which is a violation of the law and certainly not in your interest etc. And yes, they connect you to the utility services ´for free´.
After getting their 1% they can hardly be bothered to be disturbed by their clients. You will be put through to the assistant who is not very cooperative at all and that´s it. It´s a miracle people still use them, but people are inclined to trust people in a suit especially if they speak English.
So if you really have problems with your property and you would like to exercise your rights they suddenly seem to be deaf and can´t help. They also can´t explain why they signed a contract in your name waiving all your rights.
There are very good lawyers even in Andalucia who actually work for the client and not for the promoter. Who build up a proper dossier, go to court, appeal if needed and sometimes even bring it before the High court. They actually win a lot of cases and if they think you have a weak case they will tell you upfront.
Maria´s post could be considered spam, but I know her from private conversations and she falls into that last category. There are two others who I personally know well who like Maria fight for the client and prepare their cases so good that in the end they have a high success ratio. The judges know them, the promoter knows them and they know that they don´t stop if a lower court refuses claims which is often the case. Getting a case before the high-court and actually make law by jurisdiction is very difficult and these three all have done that.
If people want to know names of lawyers who are succesfulll you can PM me. I don´t get a fee for it, but this board doesn´t allow advertisements so I abide by the rules. I just want people to get what they are entitled to. A lot of criticism by foreigners about the Spanish law is not based on the actual law but on peoples experience with ´lawyers´´ who just tell made up stories that you can never win a case etc. because they don´t want to harm their source of income: the promoters.
/end of rant