The bylaw also includes the obligation for the owners to demolish abandoned houses if their state becomes a public-safety issue, and to wall off the empty plot.
The Councillor for Urban Development, Sr Escámez, made this statement whilst witnessing the demolition of an abandoned house on Calle Buen Pastor – the house had been a source of complaints by neighbours and by the PSOE when they were in the opposition.
“We’ve been calling for this house to be demolished since 2011; the neighbours were clamouring for it and we brought it up in the form of motions in the Plenary Meetings,” he explained.
The Town Council contacted the owners – it belonged to five relatives who had inherited it – to point out the necessity of having it demolished and it being their responsibility to do it.
The Councillor also pointed out that there are 32 cases concerning dilapidated properties around Motril that need either doing up or knocking down. The one in Calle Buen Pastor is the first of them to be “processed.”
Editorial comment: We imagine that there are very few, if any, foreigners with properties in this condition, but that there are probably quite a few that have such buildings nearby.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)