Spain Faces Demolitions Along Coast

Spain Faces Demolitions Along Coast

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The much discussed and opposed “Ley de Costas” (the Coast Law) of Spain will soon expire, leaving thousands of coastal home owners of Spain in fear of having their properties demolished by the state.

In short, the Ley de Costas created in 1988 forbids the construction of privately owned property within 100 meters of the sea. The soon to expire law has created quite a spark in Spain as locals accuse the government of favouring developers who keep building their new projects at will – too close to the coastline for comfort.

Unsuspecting investors often find out the hard way, after they have parted with their hard-earned cash and by then it might be too late to save their property from being ripped down.

Lucky though there is justice amidst all this insanity. British couple Len and Helen Prior who lost their home after it was destroyed by the government have now won a court case ruled by the Spanish Supreme Court.

The court ruled that the demolition of their £570,000 villa was itself illegal because correct procedures were not abided by. While they built their dream home with the local town halls permission it was later ruled illegal because the permission they were granted wasn’t valid – go figure!

It is estimated that a total of 20,000 homes alone have illegally been built in Marbella. And this is only a drop in the ocean of the whole Saga.

The erratic weather patterns in recent years also don’t help the home owners fearing to lose their homes. Constant beach erosion sees many homes being “nibbled at” by the encroaching beaches and soon enough they will be deemed illegal too.

This leaves us with an important question: “why is there no law the actually prohibits developers from building anywhere close to the beach that could be in the risk to become illegal in years to come?”

What do you think?

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