About

SOHA is formed by a group of local residents whose mission is:

  • the protection of the rights of Axarquia residents in accordance with article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • to help residents protect their homes with legal help and direct action.
  • to actively campaign for the establishment of an amnesty for honest home-owners in Axarquia.

SOHA (Save Our Homes in Axarquia) was formed in January 2008. We have no ambition other than to save our homes.

We aim to achieve our objectives through peaceful means, through discussion and engagement at the highest levels possible. We wish to encourage our political leaders to see that the demolition of homes causes widespread negative effects not only to homeowners but the population as a whole. Depressed economic activity, fewer Europeans arriving, empty houses and higher unemployment. No good can come of this other than an agreement to do things right in the future by all parties.

Should it become necessary we will engage legal services to fight our case even up to the European Court of Human Rights. This takes a lot of money and one of our most pressing objectives is the raising of funds, it is more cost effective if we all pull together than to pay for it individually.

Ultimately, we will be prepared to take to the streets to plead our case and even stand together as one between the buldozers and our homes. Stand with us.

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SOHA AGM report and more

SOHA celebrated the 10th anniversary of its formation at the 2018 AGM last week. The meeting was well attended by members and supporters as well as the Mayor of La Viñuela, José Juan Jiménez López.

Ten years seems a long time to be fighting such injustices, but we have achieved a lot during these years. Many changes in our committee over the years with each person giving their time and input as a volunteer. This of course is still the case and we would remind you all that we always welcome new committee members. Just contact us if you wish to join and help.

In this past decade we have achieved significant changes in national and Andalusian legislation that have almost made the regularization of many homes possible which without action could have received demolition orders. We are still working to protect all properties for our members and supporters and there is still a lot to do.

Philip Smalley expressed his satisfaction with the achievements reached at the AGM although he emphasized that they have been years of “hard work”. Among these, are the important modifications in the Civil Code and the Penal Code to guarantee the compensation prior to the demolition and the amendment to the Law of Urban Planning of Andalusia (LOUA) with respect to the land subdivisions in non-urbanizable land, “results of the that has meant that many non-members of the association, Spanish and foreign, have benefited to be able to sell their properties. ”

One of the major changes that have been achieved, is the reform of article 1964 of the Civil Code of October 2015 in which it was indicated that the license declared null by the courts, but without a definite deadline to demolish, prescribed the 15 years. The change means that now, those personal actions that do not have a special term prescribe after five years. Therefore, after October 2020, administrations will no longer be able to demand demolition for nullity judgments prior to 2015. “After that period, the owner will be able to benefit from the Out-of-Order Assimilate”.

SOHA will continue the work on the behalf of the members of the association and help where possible.

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Some images from the meeting can be found here.

Report from Axarquiaplus here.

Here is a report from Malaga Hoy in Spanish. Read more.