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04 Jan 2019 11:25 AM:

AUAN (Abusos Urbanisticos Andalucia No) has successfully advocated for the rights of property owners in Andalusia for over a decade now.

Having helped to change two national laws (compensation prior to demolition) and a regional one (introducing the AFO), the association needs your help to continue its work. Please take the time to read the appeal and help if you can. Even the smallest contribution makes all the difference to us.


Many thanks in advance, 

Maura Hillen, MBE, President.

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07 Jun 2014 12:53 PM:

Acer, you make a fair point with regard to the reaction time of the British Embassy but the advice now available is well researched and useful. It also provides links to associations such as ours should you run into difficulty.

Our real frustration is with the national and regional governments of Spain who have failed to do anything at all.

Thread: Thinking of buying a property in Spain? - Avoiding the pitfalls

06 Jun 2014 3:10 PM:

Our latest press release represents a fairly typical example of the type of scenario that comes to light these days.... We don't issue this sort of story to bring doom and gloom. Rather we wish to ensure that homeowners are informed and we would be most obliged if the government at both a regional (Andalucia) and national level would get off their backsides and do something about it.......


Prosecutor asks for demolition of 13 houses in Partaloa

AUAN, 6th June 2014

Here we go again. Another setback in the continuing saga of planning chaos that plagues various parts of Spain, including Andalucía, as recently covered by  the TV programme Comando Actualidad on national Spanish TV. This time it is not only the British who are affected but also Belgians who bought houses in the area of Piedra Amarilla, in the hamlet of Partaloa. The State Prosecutor is asking for the demolition of 13 houses in this area.
The Prosecution is not accusing these EU citizens of any wrongdoing.  A criminal case has been brought against the promoter and the company, Lakes Vega S.L., for planning crimes which carry a penalty of one year and six months in prison and a ban from the building trade. Legal sources indicate that it is unlikely that any actual prison time would be served.  The Prosecutor has also charged other individuals with planning corruption.
As obliged to do so by the Penal Code, the prosecutor is asking for demolition of the houses and states that the promoter should compensate the buyers. However, the normal chain of events in such cases is that the house is demolished first and the victims then start an uncertain struggle to obtain compensation from the promoter. The problem is that, as we have seen in Vera and in Cantoria, in practice the victims are left without a house and without compensation.
Maura Hillen, president of the homeowners association, AUAN, which campaigns on this issue, said “This nonsensical scenario is set out in article 319.3 of the Penal Code. We are asking for this article to be changed.  It does not make sense that the only people who are really punished for these types of crimes are the victims.  We petitioned Sr. Esteban Gonzalez Pons  and other senior figures of the Partido Popular on this issue when we met with them several weeks ago. They promised to study our proposed change but we have heard nothing. We have made the same proposal to other political parties and, as reported in the press,  the PSOE have promised legislative changes to resolve all this legal and planning uncertainty.  But we are still waiting for any concrete results.  At the moment the only ones who seem likely to see results, in this case disastrous ones, are the victims, when the case goes to trial on 13th June.”
AUANs legal advisor, Gerardo Vazquez, said ‘ What we can see here is the next wave of victims, the Belgians. I have spoken to some of them, specifically a person who purchased one of these houses very recently and is shocked by this news. One of the problems is that the Land Registry is not updated to reflect the existence of these proceedings. The homeowners that I have spoken to have escrituras with every appearance of legality, registered at the Land Registry, without any indication of criminal proceedings.  Here we obviously have a problem with the issue of legal certainty.”

Thread: Thinking of buying a property in Spain? - Avoiding the pitfalls

04 Jun 2014 11:26 AM:


Our association, AUAN, is one of a number of associations representing homeowners who came unstuck when they purchased their 'dream home in the sun'.  Our experiences were recently covered on national Spanish television. A subtitled version of the programme can be viewed here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh5tyVtarQ&feature=youtu.be It serves as a salutory tale of why you need to proceed with caution when buying a property in Spain.

The British Embassy provides some good advice for those wishing to buy. The information is based on the experiences of those that came before you, so please take note: https://www.gov.uk/how-to-buy-property-in-spain

Good luck with your purchase :)


Thread: Thinking of buying a property in Spain? - Avoiding the pitfalls

09 Sep 2013 9:38 PM:

Based on our experience the people who take appropriate action are far outnumbered by those who have every good reason to complain. 

There is no doubt that the Spanish legal system is very slow and expensive and unreliable but it can be made to work as evidenced by this latest court ruling. And certainly when your property is the subject of court proceedings that could result in the demolition of your home you either get involved or keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.  

If you do consider taking action you need to have realistic expectations, engage a lawyer that tells you what you need to know, not what you want to hear and expect that it will cost you money.

And if you cannot afford the cost of a lawyer it is worth considering making your complaint in positive ways which do not cost a lot of money and can only help. It is probably fair to say that your local Collegio de Abogados and FACUA ( the Consumer Protection Association) are not indundated with letters of complaint. Write in English if you must but write all the same.

As for our small group of homeowners .... we haven't quite figured out the key to success yet but we are pretty certain that the key to failure is giving up! 

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