UK newspaper starts campaign slating Spanish property scandal

Published:  16 Oct at 3 PM
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The Telegraph’s expats’ page is to host a campaign in support of the huge number of British and other expats who have suffered under the Spanish planning scandal.

Urban corruption and the confused state of property law in Spain have hit expats hard, with many forced to watch their dream homes being demolished. Telegraph Expat has been covering the scandal for several years, and is now setting up a campaign to help those who have lost everything and those who still don’t know where they stand.

The newspaper is asking readers who have been affected to send full details of their stories and full addresses, which will then be added to a n interactive map exposing and documenting the extent of the scandal. With the Spanish government not attempting to attract foreign buy-to-let buyers to the collapsing property market, it’s hoped that exposing the full extent of the problem will put pressure on the government to fully legalise the homes still standing.

British MEPs have already joined the struggle to get fair treatment for affected UK expats, with Lib-Dem Diana Wallis publishing a booklet entitled European Property Rights and Wrongs. In addition to telling it like it is as regards rights, Diana states that the EU has a duty to protect property purchases by expats, just as it protests purchasers of furniture, books and electrical goods.

UKIP’s MEP Marta Andersen, after a meeting last year with the Spanish housing secretary, said the Spanish government was in denial over the serious problems caused to hundreds of thousands of expats who have lost or face losing their homes due to illegal sales. She added that regional authorities fight with government officials, bribes are offered and taken and it’s British expats who gets ripped off with no recourse.
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