April 2016

Marta Escriva, who lives in Sevilla, and is the Ciudadanos spokesperson  regarding the Parliamentary Commission on Environment and Planning, met with the SOHA Committee on Monday 21st March at 7p.m., in the Bar Ortogosa at Cruce Zalia.  Ciudadanos are at present in a strong position to influence the Andalusian Parliament.

The amendments to Andalusian planning laws, which are awaiting discussion and ratification by the Andalusian Parliament, were discussed, and Mario Blancke expressed SOHA’s concerns about this subject.
Phil Smalley also stressed the importance of the ex-patriate community to the Andalusian economy.

Phil and Fernando Montero escorted Marta on a tour of the Alta Axarquia area on Tuesday, before she left for Mijas.
Click here to read the full report.

Our Chairman, Phil Smalley, has sent a progress report to members, about our strategy for legalising homes.

Mario Blancke will be explaining the legal intricacies of DAFO (Declaración de Asimilado a Fuera de Ordenación.)  This does not translate easily into English, but is roughly; “Declared as accepted without  planning consent”.  The Town Halls are currently under pressure from the Junta de Andalucia to categorise every property built on rural land as either legal (under the PGOU), DAFO, or illegal (for demolition). The Mayor of La Vinuela, José Juan Jiménez López, will also be there, to answer questions.

Click here for details of this event, which is a must for all home owners in the slightest doubt about their home’s legality.

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Troubled times for those who bought their homes in good faith.

One year has passed since the Andalusian Parliament approved welcome changes in the planning laws, regarding homes on non-urbanisable land which had been split into “parcels”, and had no escape from their illegal status.
It made it possible to become “Assimilado Fuero de Ordinacion”, a status which has no English equivalent, but might roughly translate as “Accepted Outside Planning Regulations”. This status allows the owners to be listed in the Register de Propriedad, and to connect the basic services of electricity and water, (which some have lacked so far, while others, owing to the apparent legality of all their documents, have long since been connected).
Nevertheless, the bureaucratic process has been very slow, and buyers in good faith are still waiting for their ayuntamientos to approve their applications for AFO status.

In Andalusia there are almost 30,000 houses in this irregular situation.

If you find yourself in this plight, join SOHA.

You need our help; we need yours.

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“Una vida bajo la incertidumbre para los compradores de buena fe.

A punto de cumplirse un año desde que el pasado mes de julio se aprobara en el Parlamento Andaluz el Proyecto de Ley por el que se modifica la Ley 2/2002 de 17 de Diciembre que establece medidas urgentes en relación a estas viviendas afectadas por parcelaciones urbanísticas en suelo no urbanizable, a las que se le ofrecía como salida la posibilidad de ser declaradas como asimilado fuera de ordenación (AFO).
Se trata de una figura que permitirá a sus dueños poder registrar las casas en el Registro de la Propiedad y además acceder a los servicios básicos (agua y luz), algo a lo que hasta ahora no podía aspirar, mientras que otros, bajo la apariencia total de legalidad de sus documentos ya disfrutaban de todos estos servicios.
Sin embargo, el proceso administrativo es lento, y los compradores de buena fe seguirán luchando por legalización de las viviendas construidas bajo la autoridad de los permisos expedidos por el ayuntamiento local.
En Andalucía existen casi 30.000 viviendas en esta situación irregular.

Si estás en esta situación, únete a SOHA.

Necesitamos tu ayuda”.