The future of illegal properties is still uncertain

As I have previously written, the Junta de Andalucía has been working on a decree which would enable many of the current illegal properties in Andalucía to finally be legalised.

The decree on the illegal properties was meant to have been ready within six months of its announcement back in March but is still not ready and the provincial delegate for Public Works and Housing has stated that will not be ready until November, more than likely December.

So there are still around 50,000 home owners of illegal properties in Andalucía that will have to wait several more months before the new regulations come into force. Once they are it is hoped they will be able to start the process of legalising their properties.

According to the Junta de Andalusia’s legal department, they have only started to study the recommendations recently as the information was presented to them in July. It is expected to take several more months as the relevant legal experts have to make sure that the new decree will not contravene any existing documentation. Once they have confirmed this, it will then more onto the Junta’s Government Committee to approve it.

In the meantime, while the affected property owners wait, they are still in the situation where they do not even know is the new decree will even benefit them. Although a minority, there are property owners who cannot show any documents showing they bought in good faith. If these properties comply with the safety and habitation conditions and were built long enough ago that the period of legal action has expired, then those properties will be moved into a special property classification.

Unfortunately, although I hope I am wrong, I do not think this will end well for all 50,000 property owners.

Andrew Bellés

One Response to “The future of illegal properties is still uncertain”

  1. June Lewis says:

    Can you please tell me what is the length of time has to expired before they can not take legal action against a home owner own brought in good faith.

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