UK Foreign Office to confront Spanish authorities over demolitions

Published:  17 Dec at 6 PM
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Britain’s Foreign Office has stated that there is a substantial problem concerning the continuing demolition of British-owned properties due to the supposed breaching of planning laws.

With at least four thousand homes at risk of being bulldozed due to property disputes, the uncertainty as well as the actual loss of the homes is a nightmare for Britons who bought in good faith. Many have already lost their homes and have no recourse to any kind of compensation, leaving them with no funds to re-establish themselves in the UK.

According to a Foreign Office spokesperson, UK officials cannot involve themselves in individual disputes, with the only advice able to be given involving recourse through the Spanish courts. However, the Foreign Office is prepared to bring the problems faced by British residents to the notice of the Spanish authorities.

Meetings between Foreign Office officials and their Spanish counterparts have been had, and are still ongoing, the spokesperson continued, although given the legal complications involving corruption and graft in Spanish localities, any result may be difficult to achieve. In the meantime, the Spanish government is being accused of pushing illegally-built homes to potential British buyers by means of a published list of available properties.

On investigation, the online list was found to contain a good number of villas are already under demolition orders, a fact not mentioned in the list. Approximately three million homes now standing empty due tot the country’s property price crash, of which as many as one million may have been built illegally.

Potential purchasers are being advised to only use trusted and recommended estate agents, as it’s known that some real estate brokers are also pushing homes at risk of demolition. Buying off-plan is also not recommended.
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