There are different properties on BDL so saying don't buy isn't really helpful to anyone who may be trying to sell a property on this location.
BDL1 is fully legal and they have deeds, certs of habitation etc etc. Most properties on BDL2 are legal with the same paperwork. A cert of habitation for the community has been issued and is held by the administrators. A good deal of the other properties have individual certs of habitation and others are having them forwarded on to them at this very moment (should have got all the individual ones by February but apparently there was a spelling error in the address and they are being redone). However, all this property has been connected to both mains water and electrics for some time so its just a case of red tape being completed.
BDL3, unfortunately, has never been fully completed due to the developer going bust and having debts (even though they continued trading) as Fly380 can testify. Hopefully, this will get sorted out as the last I heard the council were going to step in (?) as they are doing in the Campoamor area (?). I really hope this gets sorted out soon and with huge financial penalties to TU (and Atlas as well, if there were any justice in this world).
So don't let them put you off if you want to buy in the area. Just ensure the paperwork is correct which, for most of the property, it is. Ensure you have a good (independent) solicitor and you should be OK. This is what you should do with property in any area, after all.
A lot of the comments you will hear are now historic (or should that be hysteric?). As they say, give a dog a bad name..........but it doesn't take into account the hard work that has been done by the residents and, frankly, does them a disservice.
(PS, I used to own a property there. It did take a long time to get the deeds, solicitors taking TU to court 6 times etc, threatening to take the old administrators to court but, finally, after 7 years it was all OK. Comments from people outside relying on hearsay are just not helpful at all).
It is a great and up and coming area with either good facilities on hand or within easy reach. It even has buses with stops!