Brits to be paid thousands in damages

Zurgena council to pay out in huge compensation claim in second case involving planning crimes in as many weeks

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Zurgena town hall

By Richard Torné

A disgraced former town hall architect and Zurgena council have been ordered to pay more than €645,000 in compensation to seven British couples who were duped into buying illegal homes.

A total of 94 properties were partly built in the district of Los Cabreras before construction work was halted on the orders of a judge in July 2006.

Expats were hit hard as many had paid a €3,000-deposit as well as a sum towards the purchase of a property, amounting to between €57,000 and €104,000.

The judgement by the Audiencia Provincial court, which was made public last week, upheld an appeal by the victims’ lawyers after an earlier sentence absolved the accused.

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