By Eloise Horsfield
A MISLEADING advert which offered to legalise illegal homes in the Axarquia has badly backfired.
Magazine Sentinella is being forced to issue an apology after it emerged an advert in its April and May issues was wildly incorrect.
“It claimed people had just 12 months to legalise their homes, but that is utter rubbish,” Philip Smalley of pressure group Save Our Homes Axarquia (SOHA) told the Olive Press.
“Until the Junta has got the town halls to apply the decree issued earlier this year, absolutely nothing can be done,” he said.
He was also angry that the advert implied the legal business was also working as an ‘agent’ for the Junta.
“After seeing the ad, we filed a denuncia with the Guardia Civil and later met with the agents and Sentinella.
“A retraction will be published in the June issue.”
Boss of the legal practice Jose Luis Viera admitted the error, blaming it on his ‘poor English’, as well as a ‘low level of Spanish’ at Sentinella, and internet translation programmes.
“We are not agents of the Junta,” he said.
Meanwhile Sentinella editor Keidi Keating said: “The advert was published because it was emailed to us and we had no reason to believe it was in any way unscrupulous.
“Unfortunately we do not have the time to look into every advert that is sent to us to check its legitimacy, and that’s why we print a disclaimer on page three.
“We do, however, apologise for any inconvenience the publication of this advert has caused our readers.”
Pressure group SOHA warned of other such adverts popping up on lampposts around the region, also offering a bogus service.
“We are advising our members to do nothing until they hear from their town hall,” he clarified.