Well, I don't know where to start. First and foremost it's absolutely disgusting and my heart goes out to these people, I feel gutted for them.
As for being surprised, of course we are when we see it happening for real and not just reading a five liner in a local paper. Especially when the victims appear totally innocent.
"DUE DILIGENCE", is this not what most of pay through the nose for when we buy a property and employ a legal representative. As they say, you don't get a guard dog then teach it to bark. You never know if you've picked the right person until the job is done and sometimes years later when you discover that they did a bad job.
The probable reason the Junta went through with the demolition was to be seen to be doing the right thing, picking up browny points and to send a message to rogue developers, lawyers and agents, but at the expense of the innocent, with total disregard for basic human rights. It has also sent shockwaves through the rest of the Spanish property market as this thread will prove.
I think a plan of action is required . Things I would like to suggest are: -
- Head up a fund used for various tasks, even small 1-5 euro donations would help
- Perhaps a seperate web site/page with a Paypal Account for donations
- Find people like the Priors to head up a task force or committee.
- Find 'Good' lawyers and legal representative willing to take up the challenge
- Find 'Good' MEPs willing to take up the challenge.
- Purchase Air time on TV such as Living in Spain to get the message further.
- Get with Spanish people, because as we know, most are great people and one of the reasons why we chose Spain.
- Getting the Spanish on-side would strengthen anything we do.
- Start to name people and places, this would highlight problem areas and bad practices.
- etc... etc...
The main objective would be to get the Spanish Law changed to become clear and transparrent to protect innocent parties when it comes to purchasing property in Spain and to force local Town Halls to clean up their own act. I know it's already started happening in some places. Doing this would give the Spanish economy the biggest boost it could ever wish for.
We could also encourage Spanish authorities to advertise what they are doing for the good of the property market and at the same time showing the good side. So it doesn't all have to be negative if we go about it the right way.
Just my penny's worth.
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