Very much has been talked lately about the intentions of the Commune of Andalusia for finding a solution to the problems of a number of English citizens with their houses in Andalusia.

It seems that the flash point for the interest by the British Press has been the demolition of several illegal constructions. The Embassy of the United Kingdom asked the Commune of Andalusia for a meeting in order to go into details of this conflict. The British Government has recognised that the Ambassador Simon Manley entered into conversations with different authorities, national and autonomics.

In February this year the first meeting was held with the Council of Environment. On the 27th of August there was a reunion of the Andalusian President Díaz and the Ambassador. According to sources the British Executive emphasised the “problem” that his compatriots had to deal with in their status as owners of illegal constructions on the Andalusian coast. The same sources say that the President of the Commune answered that they were already working on an exit out of this problem.

Illegal Constructions

This week Díaz announced in the Parliament of Andalusia that there would be a modification of the Urban Law of Andalusia, the so-called LOUA, which will permit to legalize between 20.000 and 25.000 illegal houses. Subject of the modification will be isolated constructions in the municipalities of Almería and Málaga where the problem of the English citizens seems to be most urgent.

  The same owners use to apply the argument that they did not know anything about the illegal nature of the plots and houses they bought.

Although the announced modifications will not include illegal construction on non-urban plots it will permit a regular recognition by the official administration. In other words: the owners will have the security that their houses won’t be pulled down, as Nieves Masegosa stresses, General Secretary of Ordinary Territory of the Commune. Additionally, the houses can count on guaranteed supply of water and electricity at the expense of the owners. Owners can also register their houses and, by this, proceed with processes of purchase or donation.

The British Embassy, informed about this modification, is making careful statements hoping that by this a high number of owners can make use of the regularisation decree (approved by the Commune in 2012) and as a consequence opening the way to obtain the property legally.

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