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11 Jan 2020 11:37 by BerniceJ Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

Hi. Here’s the situation. We’ve owned our house in Spain for 14 years and up until two years ago spent a great deal of time there-though never took out residential status. Then, whilst on a short trip to the U.K. we were robbed. Sadly, the robber is a neighbour who has terrorised our small community since moving in and who is, basically, squatting in the house opposite. Not surprisingly, Linea Directa, declined to honour our claim citing insufficient security as the reason. We were devasted. My husband, who suffers from anxiety, was badly affected and just could not settle back. So, here’s the question. How do we secure our house so we can leave it without worrying about being robbed or, worse, being used as a squat.? There is nothing of value in it but other properties have had the whole of the interior taken, pipes, wires, kitchens, bathrooms etc. We can’t spend much as the property has already devalued by 50% since we bought it. We have a security system with alarms and camera but in reality they are easily bypassed. Any ideas?





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11 Jan 2020 16:24 by Jarvi Star rating in Halifax UK and Sucin.... 722 posts Send private message

How about renting it out? I realise that comes with other risks but at least someone would be there mostly all the time





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11 Jan 2020 16:43 by Fhanrah Star rating. 42 posts Send private message

Firstly, sorry for your troubles, nothing worse than having your home violated. When we purchased only a few years ago we asked the insurance company what was required to insure for break-in's as we wouldn't be living in the apartment full time. We had to put bars on the front windows, steel gate at the front door, but they allowed us to put the shutters on the rear of the apartment as it faced the internal of the community gardens. Since the insurance company has refused your claim {which I would challenge} why not ask them what is required for cover.





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