Move To Tackle Illegal Homes in Salobreña

Salobreña City Council approved a new bylaw that will give all those wooden homes and properties that are not legal; i.e., are on greenbelt land, a chance to register.

The Town Hall clarified that this measure would not legalize these properties, but a record will be created to control those that already exist, possible new constructions, as well as their purchase and sale.

This register would help avoid situations in which houses are purchased, especially by foreigners, without the purchasers being warned that they were buying a property without the possibility of being legalized.

The purpose of this measure, said Salobreña Mayor, Gonzalo Fernández Pulido, is to give official recognition for those buildings located on greenbelt land. He also reassured that the bylaw is not intended as purely a way of increasing tax revenue.

The rate the owners of these buildings would have to pay will be imposed, depending upon the value of the house, with a minimum cost of 599 euros. If the house is in the process of registration a percentage of the payment will be levied.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)