European Property Owners Day

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  • #55321
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    Since everyone else seems to have a ‘day’, I nominate January 9th as European Property Owners Day. Bangers and mash, pop groups, Morris dancers and bonfires burning crooked lawyers, constructors, mayors and promotors in effigy.
    January 9th, 2007, the day that Helen and Len Prior’s house was demolished in Vera, Almería. These retired Britons have been living in their converted garage ever since and pissing into a tin.
    Lest we forget!

  • #95297
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    Good idea. You have left no one for me to throw darts at ??

  • #95302
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    lenox

    heavens above, has the Priors situation still not been sorted out and their property re-built? How many wrong decisions can Spain make before it ‘gets’ justice?

    I think those celebating a European Property Owners day, would be told to F-off back to where they came from by the majority, rather than their point being understood. Unless the majority attitude shifts to one of supporting those standing up against all that’s wrong, then it’s hard to see a recovery in Spains property or tourist industry?

  • #95310
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    @lenox wrote:

    Since everyone else seems to have a ‘day’, I nominate January 9th as European Property Owners Day. Bangers and mash, pop groups, Morris dancers and bonfires burning crooked lawyers, constructors, mayors and promotors in effigy.
    January 9th, 2007, the day that Helen and Len Prior’s house was demolished in Vera, Almería. These retired Britons have been living in their converted garage ever since and pissing into a tin.
    Lest we forget!

    Hi Lenox,
    Good idea any chance of a dress rehearsal during our visit next week?

  • #95326
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    goodstich44 wrote:
    lenox

    heavens above, has the Priors situation still not been sorted out and their property re-built? How many wrong decisions can Spain make before it ‘gets’ justice?

    I think those celebating a European Property Owners day, would be told to F-off back to where they came from by the majority, rather than their point being understood. Unless the majority attitude shifts to one of supporting those standing up against all that’s wrong, then it’s hard to see a recovery in Spains property or tourist industry?

    Sure you are right about people bewing told to F off, THE SPANISH MENTALITY JUST CANNOT UNDERSTAND THAT CORRUPTION IS WRONG.

    My thoughts are with the Priors I just cannot believe it is one month short of three years that their dream home was demolished.

  • #95340
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    Come to think of it – nor can I. It would shame even the most sleepy and useless of our burocrats.
    I got the date wrong. It was January 2008.
    Last January, we held a protest in Almería City. Banners and carpet slippers.
    Now the Priors are coming up for two years in their shed. You have to admire them – they aren’t going to give up.
    Are we?

  • #95341
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    Stnge but a lot of british seem to think the Priors received compensation 🙄

  • #95343
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    Its disgraceful. Hats of to them & I hope that they remain resolute.
    Why has Jack Straw the parasite & Justice minister or their MP, EMP has not paid a visit to them in their salubrious abode ????

    You should have seen Jack straw grovelling for the Muslim votes in the last election fearing a back lash from the Iraq war.

  • #95344
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    shakeel

    I agree, the UK government should have done much more to make a point of this issue, not least as a message that so many other cases of injustice in Spain are also just not acceptable. The line seems to be though, that they will not interfere with a another EU countries laws or regulations on this issue……..but we have to follow the rules when it’s an EU directive???

    The fact that the Priors case is still not sorted is a frightening reminder to me of just how far Spain has to go, before even basic common sense justice can be taken for granted, that alone grey areas?

  • #95359
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    There’s no doubt but that Almería really needs a solution to this problem – fast. Every family that sees the Paradise Lost show on British television, or hears the latest BBC radio-doc or, in Germany, watches that piece about Cantoria, or in Norway, the show about the Priors, all of them must think – ‘Almería? well, Gött in Himmel, I wouldn’t buy a place there to retire to for all the schnapps in Portugal’.
    Just one family that stays away from here will not be bringing 200,000€ to buy a house plus another chunk for a car and a TV, plus 1000€ a month to live on. Plus maybe create a few jobs. Just one family that’s been put off by Almería’s frightful reputation for corruption and the absence of the Rule of Law.
    But, it’s not one family the province has lost – it’s thousands. Maybe tens of thousands – so, yes, it’s worth fixing.
    Worth it for everyone.
    But wait, there’s more: we have ‘illegal urbanisations’ in Malaga, ‘unbuilt off plan homes’ in Murcia, ‘Land Grab’ in the Valencian Community and mayors being shot or arrested just as fast as they can be voted into office.
    Who is there to help? Does someone represent us? Is there someone to speak for us?

  • #95361
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    Yes you are correct. Doesn’t just affect the Priors, it affects everyone who owns a property in Spain. Personally I would never buy another property in Spain even though I have been fortunate, it is a whole different game now…a losers game!

    I saw an interview with Amanda Lamb this week. She bought a property abroad…in Italy!

  • #95512
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    I just noticed that yesterday, Wednesday, was the ‘Día Internacional Contra la Corrupción’.
    How is Spain doing in the international stakes?
    Spain is 32nd in the international listings, according to Transparency International, down from last year’s 28th placing.
    http://www.transparencia.org.es/INDICE%20DE%20PERCEPCIÓN%202009/Tabla%20sintética.CPI_2009_table_spanish.pdf

    Let’s cheer everyone up – with European Property Owners Day on January 9th! 😉

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