THE couple whose illegal home featured in the Olive Press have had their fine almost doubled by the town hall.
Jackie and Peter Chilvers, who’s story made the Lawyers in the Dock front page (issue 55) have had their fine increased from 23,000 to 43,000 euros.
The couple, whose dream retirement home in Tolox only had a licence as a tool shed or ‘almacen’, approached the Olive Press to condemn their lawyers who they say assured them their home had a proper licence.
The increased amount was received just a week after their story appeared in the paper.
A late payment charge amounting to 15,000 euros was heaped on to their fine as well as a surcharge and costs.
They should have started paying their fine two months ago but are trying to fight the unfair punishment in the courts.
“We have been told this is the absolute maximum we can be charged by the town hall, so at least it will not increase any more,” said Jackie.
“But that’s not the point, we shouldn’t even be having to pay it in the first place.”
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