Illegal home owners to be declared guilty of scam
30 October 2006, MADRID — In a tough new crackdown, owners of illegally built homes are to be considered as guilty as the builders who violated property laws.
30 October 2006
MADRID — In a tough new crackdown, owners of illegally built homes are to be considered as guilty as the builders who violated property laws.
The newly-appointed environmental attorney general Antonio Vercher said buyers of these homes –many of whom are expats from northern Europe – are to be considered guilty of playing a part in the scam.
In an effort to stop the property speculation which has resulted in an estimated 100,000 illegal homes across the country, Vercher says he will knockdown these homes.
The home owners will be paid some compensation for losing their properties, reported the Spanish daily El Pais.
Until now, owners of villas who discovered their properties had been built without licences, could hope their homes would escape the bulldozers.
The property developer who had managed to circumvent normal procedures to build homes without licences, would be punished.
But now Vercher has said he does not believe the buyers are innocent parties in the rampant property speculation throughout Spain.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news