A FURTHER 13 British and Belgian expat families face seeing their homes demolished in Andalucia.
In the latest episode of the planning chaos currently plaguing Spain, the State Prosecutor is demanding the demolition of 13 houses in the Piedra Amarilla area.
British and Belgian expats, who bought properties in the hamlet of Partaloa are now left fighting to save their homes.
The Prosecution is not accusing the residents of any wrongdoing, but a criminal case has been brought against the promoter and the company Lakes Vega SL, for planning crimes.
They are facing a penalty of 18 months in prison and a ban from the building trade, but legal sources indicate it is unlikely any actual prison time would be served.
The prosecutor is now obliged to demand the demolition of the houses, but is also insisting that the promoter should compensate the buyers.
The usual chain of events, however, is that the houses are demolished and then the victims begin an uncertain struggle to obtain compensation.
Maura Hillen, president of the homeowners’ association AUAN, said: “It doesn’t make sense that the only people who are really punished for these types of crimes are the victims.”