By James Bryce
AN expat fears his whole house could collapse after a huge crater swallowed part of his property.
Martin Wade, 41, from Fuente-Nueva near Orce, has been forced to move out of his cave home indefinitely after the six-metre deep hole opened up in December.
Wade, who lives with his girlfriend, blames the problem on faulty pipework in the property below and has denounced the builder responsible for the work.
But both the builder and the town hall have refused to accept responsibility for the problem and the couple have been told they will have to contribute to the cost of repairs.
“The whole house could disappear, we don’t feel it will ever be habitable again,” Wade told the Olive Press.
“We’ve been left homeless, jobless and penniless, we’ve lost everything and no one is interested in helping us,” added the mechanic, who relies on the property’s electricity supply for his work.
The couple have been forced to place all of their belongings into storage half an hours drive away and are renting a property as a short-term solution.
“The whole cave is becoming increasingly unstable. I’m dreading having more rain.”