May 2016

What is DAFO?

The SOHAPI “What is DAFO?” event at Mis Tapitas (affectionately known as Billy’s Bar), was a great success.
The venue was packed out, with the audience overflowing onto the terrace. It was reported on the front page of Euro Weekly News on April 23rd, and P10 of Sur in English on April 22nd. Also probably inspired by reports of the meeting, BoT 159 , quoting an Olive Press article on the meeting, mentions the Junta’s pressuring Ayuntamientos to declare “99%” of houses built on rural land illegal or needing to apply for DAFO, leading towards the immediate or final demolition of all such properties.

Martyn Wroe points out that I did not mention in the news and web articles the fact that when a householder makes an application for DAFO, they are agreeing to have their building licence annulled!

Here is his comment;
“John’s article, so far as I read it, does not report absolutely everything that was said.
Perhaps it could have started by saying that the presentation was intended to clarify the situation as there have been several conflicting stories re DAFO
The most notable omission is that DAFO (if it is obtained)  annuls any “previous legal documentation that has been obtained “ and which was obtained  “in good faith”, and perhaps emphasising that there is considerable political pressure being put on the Junta to be more flexible, particularly as the current proposals affect many Spanish “traditional” owners – and SOHA is also concerned about them”.

Thanks again, Martyn for all your informed and pertinent comments.

Read the full article in English here.

National Coordinating Body

A national coordinating body has been formed for all the associations of home owners such as SOHA and AUAN. It is called CAJU (Coordinator of Associations for Justice in Urbanism).

Read the full article in English here. Spanish here.

No Demolition Without Compensation

In the North of Spain, judges are reminding the authorities of their duty to ensure payment of compensation to innocent third parties when demolitions are ordered. However, the judge insisted that the demolition should go ahead, after compensation has been assured.

Read the full article in English here. Spanish here.

Hollow Victory for Priors

The Priors have finally been awarded compensation in a Spanish court, but it is only sufficient to cover their legal costs, which have been awarded on a shared basis. Since they never did anything wrong, and were forced to defend themselves in court, this seems totally unjust.
To add insult to injury, Vera Town hall are appealing the sentence. Enough is enough say AUAN.

Read the full article here.

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SOHA 2018 AGM

Dear Members and Friends of SOHA
Estimados Miembros y Amigos de SOHA

It’s that time of year again and our AGM is to be held on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at Camping Bar at 19:00 for a promt start at 19:30.
Es esa época del año otra vez y nuestra AGM se celebrará el 24 de enero de 2018 a Camping de La Vinuela Bar a las 19:00 para una pronta puesta en marcha a las 19:30.

All officers are happy to continue in their work, but if anyone wishes to put themselves forward for any of the three positions of President, Treasurer or Secretary can you please let me know by return
Todos los funcionarios están dispuestos a continuar en su trabajo, pero si alguien quiere presentar su candidatura para cualquiera de las tres posiciones del Presidente, Tesorero o Secretario puede usted por favor hágamelo saber a vuelta.

I would also like to remind anyone that has yet to pay for their 2018 subscription, I will be there at the AGM along with our treasurer ready to renew your subscription.
También me gustaría recordar a alguien que todavía tiene que pagar por su suscripción 2018, voy a estar allí en la Junta General junto con nuestro tesorero listo para renovar su suscripción.

Please remember that unlike previous years, our AGM is for members only. If you wish to become a member, you can join by going to our website, www.soha.es and pressing the ‘donate’ button or you can join on the night, just complete the attached membership application form and bring it with you.
Por favor, Recuerde que a diferencia de años anteriores, nuestra AGM es sólo para miembros. Si deseas ser miembro, puedes unirte a nuestro sitio web www.soha.es y presionando el botón ‘donar’ o puedes unirte en la noche, simplemente completa el formulario de solicitud de membresía adjunta y tráemelo contigo.

We look forward to seeing you all.
Esperamos verlos a todos.