On January the 10th 2012 was a day of great news for all Marbella property and the Costa del Sol that have irregularities due to permit issues, which have caused its owners a lot of concern.
The new law announced by The president of the Junta de Andalucia, Jose Antonio Griñan, now makes it possible to regulate the legal limbo situation of more than 300.000 properties on the Costa del Sol. About 20.000 – 30.000 of them are within the Marbella area.
Griñan admitted the complexity of this step. “ It affects the general interest, the interest of many parts, and requires serious reports, because we are talking about thousands and thousands of homes that will be legalized.”
Background: In 2003 the Andalusian government released a law ( LOUA) which put a stop to all the illegal constructions on the Costa del Sol, making it impossible for the errors of the past to occur again and creating a much safer buying environment for future. Although a necessary action, the result of this law was unfortunate for property purchases made in this time in affected properties, where owners were buying in good faith but ending up with a property with legal issues, an occurrence that will no longer happen due to the measures that are now in place.
The only reasonable and correct action to take by the Junta de Andalucia was to not penalize the buyers, who bought in good faith, and legalize the properties in question.
So how does the praxis of the legalization is going to look like? A board will judge “ that this legalization does not conspire against the public interest, that does not harm the environment, the security of people, and once everything is confirmed it will be approved.”
It certainly will take some time until all of the approximately 20.000-30.000 illegal properties in the Marbella zone will get the green light, but the Town Hall of Marbella started strong and legalised thousands of properties over the last year and more are expected to be regulated by the end of 2012.
In conclusion this is great news for all, because it means that future buyers of Marbella property will now have a greater choice of properties that will comply fully with the local planning laws, and of course owners of these previously illegal properties will now be able to sell or fully enjoy their properties on the Costa del Sol. In short, it takes time to fix the mistakes of the past and we are moving in the right direction, with measures now in place to prevent this from happening again.
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