British expats in Spain are caught in a ‘Catch-22’ after a ‘cowboy’ builder left dream homes ‘unfinished.’
A pensioner in the Murcia region claims that a “cowboy” builder has left British expats in Spain in a “Catch-22 situation” by leaving their dream homes in the sun “unfinished.”
After their long-standing property issues went unresolved, a group of 200 retirees demanded action from the Spanish government.
The group claims they were duped into moving into their Murcia homes and are now without basic services.
Expats in the hamlet of Gea y Truyols, some of whom have lived there for more than 20 years, have no access to electricity or clean drinking water.
Many expats, who have formed the AUN Murcia legal association to fight for their rights, blame the local government.
The elderly Britons claim Murcia Town Hall was aware that their homes were built without planning permission on undeveloped land.
According to Spanish law, this means the houses are illegal and cannot be connected to the power or water grids.
Keith Willis, 71, one of the residents, told This website that in addition to the Town Hall, he blames the “cowboy” builder who built his and his neighbors’ homes.
“He was a bit of a cowboy, like a lot of small developers in Spain,” the expat explained.
“We were sold the plot on the promise that everything would be legal, smooth, and above board, but that wasn’t the case.”
The retired Heathrow Airport worker and his partner, Pat, bought their home in 2006.
The pensioner, however, still does not have access to clean drinking water at his home 15 years later.
Instead, the expat is reliant on an agricultural supply of “brown” water, which he must purify using a series of filters to remove the sediment.
Keith claims that even after the water has been filtered, he is unable to drink or cook with it and must purchase bottled water from the supermarket.
Keith, like many other expats, blames his “Catch-22 situation” on the developer and the local government.
“We’re in a Catch-22 situation,” he explained, “because the developer didn’t finish the urbanisation and went off and left it.”
Keith claims that he has spent a lot of money on solar panels to provide the necessary infrastructure for his electricity supply.
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