23 Nov, 2019 @ 13:00
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‘TERRIBLE PRECEDENT:’ Green groups in Spain’s Andalucia slam new illegal homes law

Andalucia Planning Solution For Illegally Built Home
Andalucia Planning Solution For Illegally Built Home
ANDALUCIA: Many expats unwittingly bought illegal homes

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have warned that the new law making illegal properties legit could reopen the floodgates to dodgy construction projects across Andalucia.

Homeowners who unwittingly bought illegal property found themselves in dire straits as they were unable to sell their homes or receive the benefits normally granted to property owners. 

The Andalucian government passed a decree last month validating these properties. But now they are facing backlash from left-leaning members of the Adelante Andalucia party and environmental activists who believe that the decree’s looser restrictions around construction could spark another illegal building frenzy.  

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MAURA HILLEN: The campaigner has spent years trying to help expats who bought illegal properties

Maura Hillen, president of Abusos Urbanisticos Andalucia, told the Olive Press: “You can’t turn back time. This decree is making the best of a bad situation. 

“It is not an amnesty, as some have called it – these homeowners are paying the way for regulation.”

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