The Andalusian Junta opens the way to legalize ten thousand homes in rustic land

The struggle that have maintained for eight years the owners of illegal homes built on undeveloped land of Andalusia continues to bear fruit. The problems affecting the whole community of some 300,000 buildings, of which 50,000 are in the province and of these, 20,000 are located in the eastern region of Axarquia, looks like it could be this July a legal outlet with the modification of the Law on Urban Planning of Andalusia (LOUA) which handles the regional government.

After a first decree regularization was approved in 2012, whose practical effects will start to be noticed, the Junta, driven by pressure from organizations such as Save Our Homes (SOHA),  is determined to give a new legal solution, especially now focused on the problems of housing built on rustic land.

These types of properties are very frequent in the provinces of Cádiz, Córdoba and Almería, and in regions like the Axarquía. Specifically, as calculated by SOHA, amnesty could benefit 50,000 to 70,000 properties in Andalusia, of which ten thousand would be in the province, mainly in the east. The Andalusian Junta has not made calculations about the consequences of changing the law, but a first data facilitated two years ago pointed to a figure of between 25,000 and 30,000 homes on undeveloped land.

Spokesman SOHA and mayor of Alcaucín by Ciudadanos, Belgian Mario Blancke, said yesterday that the admission of the amendments which took place last week in the Committee on Environment and Territorial Planning of the Andalusian Parliament “is great news” for buyers in good faith that once bought a house in the countryside, “with licenses issued by municipalities and all papers in order,” he added.
Specifically, the first of the proposals SOHA admitted, and now will have to be ratified by Parliament, in a session is tentatively scheduled for next July 20, it refers to the prescription of the subdivisions. This implies that may regularize those dwellings that have been raised on a surface whose estate was segregated without urbanistically were allowed.

Access to basic services

SOHA members defended this assumption, since it was “bona fide purchasers” who acquired the property without knowing what had been built on a reparcelado ground in many cases. The second measure presented, which has also been defended by SOHA, is the temporary access to basic services in existing buildings on undeveloped land that make up the residence. The law prevented, being in an irregular situation, had no authorization to contract basic supplies such as electricity or water.

The last of the claims SOHA who has been admitted as an amendment to the legal reform was the modification of the Single Transitional Provision, just as intended in the bill. This left out homeowners where there were an unfavorable administrative decision relapsed. The new text opens a door to a “revision, revocation or cancellation” of the administrative decision.

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