BANKS which have repossessed the homes of their clients have been failing to pay for the properties’ upkeep.
According to the Association of Property Administrators, Spanish banks in Malaga alone owe €9 million in community fees.
This money is vital for general upkeep and maintenance costs.
The debt from banks is estimated to be about 16% of all unpaid community debts in the province totalling around €61 million.
According to administrators, the condition of apartment blocks and developments could be at risk as a result.
Fernando Pastor, head of the Malaga branch of the association, said: “Residents are feeling indignation, especially in cases where they have watched their old neighbours being evicted from their homes because they couldn’t pay the banks.”
In some communities, remaining tenants have had to cut down on services like cleaning, maintenance, lighting and gardening in order to meet the costs of their upkeep.
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