Spain Said To Be Selling Illegal Homes To Britons

By Editorial 04 December, 2013

The Spanish government has allegedly been attempting to get rid of illegally built homes by pushing them to British expats.

It is estimated that Spain has 3m empty homes as a result of the 2007 property crash, 1m of which may have been built illegally. Many of these illegal properties have been earmarked for demolition, but the Spanish government's online list of properties for sale does not make this fact clear, according to a recent report by the Daily Mail. An estimated 100,000 of those properties have been sold to British buyers, the report says.

Maura Hillen, president of expat campaign group AUAN, told the Mail: "The Spanish government is trying to encourage foreigners to buy in Spain and is claiming it has brought in measures to make it safe to do so. But buying is not down to skill, it's still luck."

The Spanish government has said that it is pursuing measures to ensure that "irregularities in the property market are finally settled." It claimed that it has already introduced some reforms and that further changes to legislation would protect potential buyers as well as those who already own homes in Spain.

Among the reforms which the government claims to be implementing is legislation which would legitimize tens of thousands of illegal properties.

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