EXPAT campaign groups have hit out at a court ruling after British buyers were told they would not be compensated for millions worth of investment lost in an illegal development.
This comes despite Zurgena (Almeria) planning boss Carlos Berbel being suspended from public office for three years for allowing 94 houses to be built on protected land.
However, a court ruled that no compensation should be given to the expat buyers who invested millions in deposits in homes at Los Cabreras resort, that were never built.
In total some €9 million has been lost as a result of Berbel’s permissions.
According to the judge, ‘Berbel’s crime does not correspond to any right to claim compensation’.
President of expat housing group AUAN Maura Hillen has slammed the ruling as ‘scandalous’.
“It is a complete scandal,” she told the Olive Press. “If the law allows good-faith buyers to lose €9 million in an urbanization deemed illegal, then the law is effectively saying that the victims are to blame.”
She added: “The rulings sends out a message that principles of responsibility have no place in public administration.
“It also sends out a message that Spain is a land of zero accountability and that buyers have no protection in Spain.”