Spanish property nightmares – Homes from Hell

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  • #56312
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    I was watching the interesting programme “Homes from Hell” on ITV (broadcast 9pm Tuesday 10th August 2011) focusing on the problems people have had buying property in Spain:

    http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=263059

    A couple bought a log cabin in Spain, a house made of wood. This is the first time that I heard of buying a property made of wood. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful insects in Spain (like termites), word worm etc.. that would quickly destroy a property made of wood as well as the hot dry climate would cause wood to rot very quickly. Would you ever buy a property made of wood or would you always stick with bricks and mortar?

    The programme said that there are 300,000 illegally built properties in Andalucia. How can you be sure that the property you were buying in Spain was legal?

  • #105502
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    Wooden can last 100years easily. Rotting occurs in wet climate, not dry like Spain. Concrete will last much longer, its the material of choice here in Poland but you see many traditional houses as well as some new houses being built of wood. It can be treated to make it last much longer. Wood isn’t a cheap house building option though.

  • #105515
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    The couple who could not enter the Villa & have been paying the mortgage for eight years or so. If they are paying their mortgage that means that they have been to the Notary i.e notarised the transaction. In this case they are legal owners & can enter the premises.

    They will not have the first Licence etc if it was issued in the first instance from the Town hall.. ( I beleive under the situation they can obtain a duplicate ) Electricity can be obtained via a generator & water can be transported as it happens in most third world Countries & stored in Water tanks.

    I accept that the reporter as normal may not have all the fact’s. This again shows that a Notary should not notarised any transaction until he has the first licence of occupation etc.

    My biggest gripe with the Notary is the lack of work, duty & responsibilty that they carry. Simply to see the identity & establish who is the buyer/seller, the price does not jusity there role and the importance given to. Most school leavers can establish this.

  • #105518
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    Most wooden houses in andalucía were built because they were wrongly told they didn’t need planning permission.They are nearly all illegal.

  • #105539
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    The couple who could not enter the Villa, was that in the Camposol Urbanisation near Mazarron?

    Just to confirm, the couple in the ITV television programme who couldn’t get into their Villa and had the developer wanting more money to complete the villa, is that the couple who were living in the Camposol Urbanisation near Mazarron?

    Just to get it clear, we are not talking about the couple who bought the wooden log home or the couple who bought off-plan near Malaga or the person in Parcent (near Denia) who successfully managed to prevent a massive new development in the area?

  • #105540
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    @desolation wrote:

    Just to confirm, the couple in the ITV television programme who couldn’t get into their Villa and had the developer wanting more money to complete the villa, is that the couple who were living in the Camposol Urbanisation near Mazarron?

    I haven’t seen the programme, but a home from hell in Camposol wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  • #105541
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    Mark,

    On the website britishexpats.com some of the people who live on the camposol urbanisation say that it is a great place to live. Take a look at what they say about the place on the thread on that forum:

    http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=727723

  • #105542
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    They would though wouldn’t they. Just trying to protect their asset. Many will probably be trying to sell. According to a link on there, houses can be bought for 45,000. One is only 45 M2 that is studio size normally.

    Whilst all the property nightmare programmes are being shown can’t see the costas market picking up for more than a decade. I would seek therapy if I felt tempted to buy anything in Spain right now 🙂

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