THE regulation of 250,000 illegal properties in Andalucia will be complete by May 2012, the Junta has announced.

After a decree passed in January comes into effect at the end of the month, town halls will be able to implement it immediately.

The process should take three months.

Land planning boss Gloria Vega lead a conference in Malaga this week to explain the process to town hall officials ‘with the objective of applying the same criteria across the whole of Andalucia’.

An estimated 11,000 such buildings in the Axarquia will benefit from the decree, as will around the same number in Almeria.

However, only ten per cent of the illegal properties in Andalucia will be a hundred per cent authorised.

Most will be ‘recognised’ by town halls, and therefore legally entitled to be connected to water and electricity supplies – while around ten per cent will be demolished.


  1. so does recognised mean you can sell them obtain finance on them or just get basic electric and water?

    Also who will compensate the 10% that are demolished and who pays the legalization costs of the remainder?

    lots of questions .

  2. You will be able to maintain these properties, obtain electricity and water at your cost, if it burns down will not be allowed to rebuild, any dispute you will not have any backing, shouldn’t think the bank would lend money on them. Not a lot of good really. All costs to regularize them to be paid for by the owner. These properties are semi legal !!!

  3. Another hollow promise, like “The San Pedro Tunnel will be finished by summer of 2011!” The guilty officials won’t suffer, and current Town Halls will likely benefit from some “Tax” for “authorization”. If not FULLY legalized, you don’t really OWN it, you can’t sell it, your mortgage responsibility is legally questionable, but you can pay for water & electric to live there. Somehow the State forgot Telefonica!
    I predict SO many legal challenges to this for compensation that the “Plan” will not go forward. Note, Town Halls & Junta don’t have the cash to pay for defense lawyers on such a scale! No accountability for misdeeds, inDEED!

  4. Why is it that no blame is laid at the door or some of the lawyers who afterall are paid considerable fees by a property purchaser to safeguard their interests. Many of them appear to part of the plot to mislead property buyers regarding the legal status of their properties. I was astonished recently when assisting a friend to sort out their IBI to hear their lawyer state “if the Ayuntamiento don’t ask you for a payment, why worry about it”.
    Where is their professional integrity? I am fortunate to have a good and honest lawyer!

  5. Reading these comments makes it clear that this “decree” is simply a hopeless fudge. It creates some weird, third-class citizen, living in Limbo, yet liable to pay the same taxes etc. as “solid” citizens, who possess secure tenure to their homes. It must be asked, do the Spanish people as a whole, really welcome the Northern European “invasion” of great swathes of their country? Has anyone ever really asked them? Will incomers always be regarded simply as cash-cows?

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