PLANS to amend property law to protect purchasers from having their houses demolished have been thrown out by Spain’s upper house of parliament.
The Senate controversially threw out proposals to protect homeowners who ‘paid in good faith’ for ‘irregular homes’ constructed on illegal or protected land.
Expat lobbying groups AUAN and SOHA have long campaigned for a change to Article 34 of the Mortgage Law which allows for irregular homes to be knocked down and no compensation given to the homeowner.
A SOHA spokesman said: “We have lost a grand opportunity to give all the citizens better judicial protection.
“It is difficult to explain, when all the parties are in agreement for the need for these legislative changes.”