October 16, 2006 at 9:55 am #52356
It’s an interesting concept – but will it be used against developers and real estate agents or to raise more euros for the government from fining individual householders for illicitly laying a couple of unlicensed paving slabs in their gardens?
October 16, 2006 at 11:45 am #66754
October 16, 2006 at 12:32 pm #66755
Personally, as an estate agent, I would welcome such a force. The problem in much of Spain is not the framework of law but the absence of enforcement. A specialised and technically competent police unit would simplify life for most people and ensure greater justice for all.
October 18, 2006 at 8:55 am #66841
A few articles in a freebie newspaper today re. the new force.
891 illegal homes/urbanisations have been detected since January (Málaga) one of the main infringements is constructing “luxury” homes when there is only a licence to build an agricultural storage building. One comment which annoyed me was that most of the owners are foreigners who ignore the fact that they are illegal ❗ They probably ignore it becasue its the only home they have and didn’t actually know when the spanish person sold it to them. 👿
Another section states that the chauffeur of Juan A. Roca (ex-marbella) has told the judge he made daily trips from the Town Hall to Roca’s house with suitcases of money. Now I know why some of my neighbours houses have security like Fort Knox 😉
For anyone who reads spanish http://www.quemalaga.com
October 18, 2006 at 9:17 am #66842
I would like to believe that this will make a difference BUT why wait until next year? The CDS is rife with corruption now as we have found out from these forums and we need action now. How are all these people to get justice?
There are many 100’s of people in serious situations who have been duped by rogue developers and agents and are fighting for the return of their money. Why should they have to pay yet again on high legal fees to get back THEIR money?
Some may say that the British only have themselves to blame for being “greedy” and wanting it all. However, they have played a great part in bringing wealth to that particular country.
If the Spanish Government is truly serious about cleaning up the system, why not IMMEDIATE action and will they refund those out of pocket from the very obvious developers who have recently been up before the Courts.
One company in particular who’s name in reverese reflects the Queen of Spains christian name should definately be held accountable to repay all those people they have so obvioiusly fleeced. They were recently presenting at a UK Exhibition so the rumours about bankrupcy cannot be true! Having said that, this is the next step everyone is waiting to see happen.
To the REA’s involved with corrupt developers and who have no conscience – I trust that the law will prevail and you are closed down. Some of you would be better off dancing around a pole for the qualifications you HAVEN’T got!?
Believe it or not – a good living can be gained from acting honestly as many of us have found out.
October 18, 2006 at 9:27 am #66844
Well said Rosina! 🙂
October 18, 2006 at 9:49 am #66845
We must be quite lucky. Where we are Mollina (nr Antequera) local police are already employed visiting new developments and checking for “unplanned” construction of buildings etc. And additions to properties not agreed at the initial planning stages.
Praps our Town Hall are a bit ahead of the game.
October 18, 2006 at 3:50 pm #66861
Yes, well said Rosina. We are a sofia victim, and find it very hard to believe that our lawyer is telling us that a refund with interest and compensation, or even a cash discount on the two thirds balance we owe, is out of the question after a four and a half year build time and an apartment at least 22% smaller than contract.
We are being screwed, and unless we find a good lawyer (we are in contact with one that has dealt with these…..err people) that can hopefully fight our corner without costing us a fortune, it will amount to daylight robbery.
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