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This is a website for buyers, owners, and sellers of property in Spain, offering reliable information and resources to help you get things done with confidence. It is run by Mark Stücklin, author of the Spanish Property Doctor Column in The Sunday Times (2005-2008), and the book ‘Need to Know: Buying Property in Spain’ published by Collins.
When you buy or sell property in Spain the sums of money are large, perhaps one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. The high transaction costs you will face like taxes and commissions only make the decision more important to get right. And when you own property in Spain you face a host of extra challenges to manage, and costs to control. Unfortunately, the Spanish property market is opaque and full of pitfalls, and notoriously unprofessional. Buying and selling property in Spain is not a decision to be taken lightly, and you may find it much easier to buy than sell if you don’t take care. In this market it is crucial to do your own research, and don’t rely exclusively on people who are trying to sell you something – let’s just say they might not have your best interests at heart. Spanish Property Insight is the only independent source of information and analysis of the Spanish property market. Don’t even think about buying or selling property in Spain without subscribing to Spanish Property Insight.
An article today at the mailonline tells the story of a retired British couple in Torrox, on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia, who have been sentenced to 8 months in prison for flaunting Spanish planning laws and ordered to demolish their illegally-built house. Judging by the comments at the bottom of the article, they aren’t getting much sympathy back in Britain.
Constructed nine years ago but plot had permission for home just one-tenth of the size
A British couple have been sentenced to eight months in prison and ordered to demolish their Spanish villa for breaching planning regulations.
David and Janet Hartshorn illegally built a large house on protected land near the Costa del Sol town of Torrox, a judge ruled.
The couple appeared before a judge at Criminal Court number eight in Malaga last October 14 for a one-day hearing, with the court’s sentencing published yesterday.
The judge is expected to suspend the prison sentence, as jail terms of two years and under are usually suspended for first time offenders in Spain.
Speaking at the property under threat of demolition, Mrs Hartshorn said she had not yet been informed of the judge’s ruling.
‘This is terrible news,’ she said. ‘I am very upset by this. We haven’t been told anything about the result of the court case. We have a meeting with our solicitor tomorrow..
‘The house was built nine years ago and people are still building houses illegally round here.
Read the full article at the mailonline
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