There’s a little village up in the Alpujarra called Narlia where an act of arguable injustice is unfolding in the form of a demolition.
A couple invested all of its savings on building a house in 2003 in this Cádiar municipal dependency on a modest plot of 60 sq/m. Only a couple of years or so had passed when they received notification that they would have to demolish it.
The reason was that according to municipal records, it had been built on publicly owned land. This is not so, however. The couple has the property deeds and all the relevant documentation, such as a building licence.
The owner, María del Carmen Mora Cano (62), has a 65% disability, as well as an illness that affects her kidney requiring a daily session of dialysis whilst she awaits a donar’s kidney. Her husband, who is 77, is retired.
The first thing she did was to hire a lawyer, who has since submitted proof to the Town Hall that the house is built on private property, which indeed does have publicly-held land on the neighbouring plot.
But it was no use – they were up against bureaucrats.
It all boils down to whether the house was built on plot 68, area 2 Las Granas, which is public land, or plot 69, Area 2, Los Charqillos; i.e., her land. All her utility and local tax bills state plot 69, as well as the Junta paperwork, but the error appears to lie with the Catastro register because the land is definitely on plot 69 yet the Town-Hall clerks won’t have it.
A year after the house was built there was a change made to the Catastro plan and 69 was renumbered to 68 and the number 69 disappeared all together.
Fortunately, although the demolition order has been delivered a local law court has ordered that it should be stayed two month.
(News: Narlia, Cadiar, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)