Albox illegal homeowners lose compensation award

Council and developers released from payment after judge rules ‘moral damages’ not applicable

An unfinished property on the Las Palmeras development

By Emma Randle


Albox council has been let off by the provincial high court from paying compensation to British homeowners who won a landmark illegal homes case in 2014.

Four British couples were awarded compensation by a judge in Almería in September 2014 after the council, two developers and project architect were found guilty of planning offences in relation to the construction of properties on non-urban land in the Los Patricios area in 2004, known as Las Palmeras.

In addition the judge ruled against the demolition of the properties in what was hailed as a “reflection of a change in attitude of the judiciary” towards the plight of expat good faith illegal home buyers by property rights association Auan.

Almería provincial court overturned the grant of compensation for ‘moral damages’ last week however, on appeal by the council and the other defendants, releasing all of them from payment.

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