Expats five-year nightmare now over as violent squatters evicted from luxury complex

Published:  21 Aug at 6 PM
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Expat pensioners living in a Spanish apartment complex taken over by a gang of gypsies and squatters are overjoyed with their court victory.

The five-year violent occupation of vacant apartments in a luxury Denia complex by drug addicts and a gypsy gang is now over, with the few remaining expat owners delighted to hear the court verdict they’d worked so hard to get. The illegal occupants of 24 of the luxury block’s 64 mostly expat-owned apartments have been ordered to pack up and leave by the Denia court.

The residents’ victory was the result of bravery combined with the publication by a local English language newspaper of full details of the horrors undergone by the few expat residents who’d vowed to stay and fight for their homes, even although they were living in fear of their lives. One British resident told local media she’d been assaulted by one of the illegal occupants simply for asking for blaring music to be turned down during siesta. Even gypsy children skipping school and hanging out in the development were threatening legitimate residents with violence, causing many to finally give up and leave. One Spanish couple left after the late-term pregnant wife was hospitalised due to stress.

The reign of terror began when an entire gypsy clan arrived in 2014, led by their patriarch and including his ten sons, their partners and their numerous children. Verbal abuse and death threats frightened off many resident expat apartment owners and, at the beginning of this year, vacant homes were broken into and let to drug addicts. One ex-policewoman originally from Derbyshire told reporters she and her husband were forced to install burglar alarms and keep them on 24/7.

Spanish law allows squatters to remain if they’re not evicted within 24 hours of their arrival, but the gypsy gang and squatters have now been issued with an eviction order giving them one month to find new accommodation. Should they refuse, police will remove them from the complex and send them on their way, much to the relief of the complex's mostly British expat owners.
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