Finnish expat in Spain loses lengthy loft conversion battle

Published:  20 Apr at 6 PM
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A Finnish expat living in the Spanish town of Estepona has lost a six-year legal fight to keep her loft conversion after being told it had to be demolished.

Terttu Balson, 70, was instructed to begin work on removing the loft, despite the fact her neighbour has one.

Furthermore, the grandmother has also been handed a 24,300 euro fine for building the extension a number of years ago without first obtaining planning permission from the local council.

As if to rub salt into her wounds, her neighbour, as well as many other people in Estepona, have also built extensions without being in possession of the required documents but have faced to legal action to date.

However, even though Balson didn’t receive the news she had been hoping for, Estepona Town Hall has told her she is allowed to develop a smaller loft extension once the initial one has been demolished.
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