Membership

Contact  sohamembership@hotmail.com to join

There are two classes of membership designed to ensure that cost should not inhibit your wish to protest through our Association. Nevertheless, we do have expenses and these have to be met from members’ contributions so – please contribute if you can.

Member

Members will receive by email a periodic newsletter and reasonable requests for advice or opinion will be dealt with sympathetically. However, we are not experts in Spanish law and this offer will not negate your need to seek legal advice to protect yourself from legal actions against you and/or your property. Members have the right to vote and attend our general meetings.

Subscription

€25.00 per year or €100 for 5 years, payable to Tony Lindsey Jones. Alternatively payments can be made via Paypal on this site here.

Friends of SOHA

This membership is free and does not include individual help etc. Essentially, Friends of SOHA are supporters of our organisation who may or may not be affected by the actions of the Junta de Andalucia. However, they do agree that the Junta are acting unfairly and without any consideration for innocent homeowners and thereby agree to add their names and email addresses to our list of members. Please help us to recruit more Friends of SOHA by using the email template below.

Electronic Mail

We have to depend on email. If you do not habitually use the internet please think of a neighbour or more distant friend who would be happy to pass on communications to you and join using their email address with their permission.

Join

To join SOHA please contact us on  sohamembership@hotmail.com and lets us have the following information, your full name, town in which you live and whether you wish to join as a Friend of SOHA (free) or as a Full Member (€25). You will then receive a welcoming email from the Membership Secretary which will include details of how to make a payment, where relevant.

Membership forms can be found here.

Recent Posts

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.

Join SOHA and support your friends and neighbors. Click this link to join or contribute.

Contact us if you can help or if you have questions or require assistance. Click this link to contact us.

Some images from the meeting can be found here.

Report from Axarquiaplus here.

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