TWO homes owned by Britons have been demolished in Cantoria, Almeria following a court order, while two more are due to be destroyed this week.
The properties, owned by Brit residents who have moved back to the UK, were developed by a Spanish company – that has now gone bankrupt – and was signed off by the ex-mayor.
The government contested the build in 2004, stating that four properties in the development did not have planning permission, and that they should be demolished.
The promoter, whose initials are FPM, was ordered to compensate the four British home owners, but they have not yet received any compensation in spite of today’s demolition.
All properties were vacated at the time of demolition – but owners were only given 30 days notice that their properties would be destroyed today.
Philip Smalley, President of homeowners rights group SOHA, says “We at SOHA totally condemn the Junta for their actions here. The homeowners were not the guilty party, the promoter was, so how can you demolish a person’s home without first ensuring that they have somewhere else to live and that appropriate compensation has been paid.
“Once again the government of Andalucia tarnishes the image of Spain abroad.”