It is reported today in the Daily Telegraph that some 400 'investors', including 300 Brits have lost £34,000,000 after paying deposits for non existent holiday homes in the Costa del Sol.
This relates to The Estepona Beach & Country Club.
OVP were the selling agents in the UK, & buyers put down £85,000 deposits each.
They used lawyers affiliated with OVP rather than independant ones.
The builders didn't even own the land & had no planning permission & the money paid has gone.
What ever else one can claim about the difference between Spain & the UK property markets, it is certain that this situation could NOT happen in the UK.
The buyers now face years of investigation & possible court action (it's Spain so nothing is definite) & the end result will still be no money!
In the UK, at least, if it can be shown that the lawyer (independant or not) was complicit in the fraud (or just incompetant) their compensation fund will pay out, in addition the legal process is much faster & by now, if it was in the UK, those involved would have been dealt with in a UK court.
Until Spain sorts out this kind of problem the market will remain in ruins.