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The Andalusian Parliament has recently voted to change a law regarding the legalisation of homes across the region. The result of which will mean that 30,000 homes across Andalucía will be made legal- 9% of the total number of homes in need of being so. It is thought that 10,000 of these homes are in the Malaga province and more specifically in Axarquia.
The news of the legalisation of these homes is overwhelming for those property owners who have spent years living a life of uncertainty, many of which are British people who bought the houses having obtained paperwork from their local town hall. Thus, these homeowners who have a property that was built on rural land not identified for development more than six years ago will finally be able to add them to the civil register as well as contract mains electricity and water (as long as they are not in special protection areas or in an area with a high risk of flooding).
It has taken a year to reach the new law which also includes 3 additional points to help owners of illegal properties. The first establishes that the town halls have a window of up to 2 years in which to start writing up a plan to identify affected homes and to apply the AFO rule. The second obliges local authorities to reply to residents’ questions in relation to land rights and the third requires town halls to speed up the process of registering properties on the Registro Civil (Civil Register) so that owners have the ability to contract mains water and electricity as soon as possible.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy agency here on the Costa del Sol, you know where we are. We have a large portfolio of properties in and around the Marbella area complementing a team of professionals of whom would be delighted to offer you advice, expertise and moreover, help you find your dream home. Contact us today.