RONDA Town Hall will be the first in Andalucia to put into effect urban planning changes that could allow thousands of homes owned by expats to be regularised.

Ronda Town Hall
Ronda Town Hall

During the construction boom, builders illegally divided rural land to build new houses, many of which were bought up unwittingly by British expats.

Maura Hillen, president of the AUAN, a group campaigning to legalise houses, labelled the law change ‘momentus’.  

A decree recently issued by the Junta de Andalucia, allows homeowners to obtain a licence of first occupation, a pathway towards regularisation of the property, as long as the property is over six years old.


  1. I understand that this is just one part of the legalisation process which affects people who have properties on segregated land and apparently there are about 25,000 in Andalucia.

    We eagerly await the next stage of the law change which is the legalisation of rural properties where the building licences have been needlessly revoked by the Junta de Andalucia. This will include the vast majority of so called illegal properties. Let’s hope they can create some new laws that actually work but they need to get a move on and do it now. This has dragged on for far too long and must never be allowed to happen again.