THOUSANDS of expats are holding their breath for long-awaited changes to property regulation across Andalucia.
The Junta approved a bill last week to amend the LOUA urban planning law, which could save thousands of homes built on illegal land from demolition.
Expat campaign group AUAN president Maura Hillen is lauding the change in law as ‘revolutionary’.
“We estimate that it will benefit 60% of our members, and the regional government estimates it will benefit some 25,000 homes,” Hillen told the Olive Press.
The group was set up following the construction boom in the late 2000s.
During which time many illegally constructed homes were unwittingly bought up by British expats who thought everything was in order.
Consequently thousands of expats faced the prospect of their homes being destroyed, and many have already been torn down.
The changes proposed, which will now go through the Andalucian parliament, would allow owners to obtain a licence of first occupation, a step towards legalising properties over six years old.