Is property legal?

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We are considering relocating from France to Costa Blanca south. We have seen lots of very appealing properties in the region of Crevillent (near Alicante). How can we be sure that these are legal? (We know that in Lliber in the Jalon valley there have been loads of newbuilds - all illegal) Is the area around Crevillent safe and just very well priced, or could we be heading for problems?. 

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I guess the best thing to do would be to ask a soliciter , to check it out for you first !

Crevillent is a nice area , near to Airport and Coast ,


If you are looking at country houses , make sure they have mains water and electric , as connection can be hard or imposible !


We live in Agost which isnt too far from Crevillente  ( aboout 30 min drive )


Good luck !


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NO!  Crevillent is definitely not safe.   We bought a finca in the countryside of Crevillent 13 years ago, subsequently to find out that it was illegal.   We have been fighting with Crevillent Town Hall ever since to legalise our property, they have imposed a huge fine on our property and although we have done everything they asked of us to legalise the property (at great expense to ourselves) they still rejected our appeal, so now we are having to go to a higher court in Valencia.   You do not say if you want to buy in the country, but I can only advise you that if you do, I can tell you from experience that it is very complicated and I would not recommend buying in Crevillent.   You would definitely have to speak Spanish if you want to deal with the Town Hall, and they are not at all helpful and in my personal experience have deliberately been obstructive.   Just getting a lawyer is not enough.   You have to have a lawyer who is experienced in purchasing the type of property you want to buy and who is used  to dealing with which ever town hall your property will come under.   I do not want anyone else to go through the hell that we have had with Crevillent, so my advice would be try before you buy.   Rentals in this area are extremely cheap at the moment, have a look on this website to give you an idea of prices.   If you rent you can get a feel for the area, speak to the locals, and find out all the pros and cons before committing.   Good luck, I don't want to put you off coming to Spain, I just want to make sure you enjoy the experience!

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Thank you very much for your reply - and we are so very sorry to hear of your predicament. We were looking at a country property, yes. But we were well aware of problems people have, just as you have. Wouldn't you think that being in the EU would help - it stands for nothing does it? Wishing you all the best with your appeal in Valencia. Rgards.

mishmash-925015 1407946105

Thank you for your kind words.  Being in the EU means nothing because every province has it's own laws, and quite frankly even the solicitors don't know what they all are.   I only wrote to you because I don't want anyone else to experience what we have, we will get it sorted eventually, but forewarned is forearmed.  I would be very wary of buying a country property as it is full of pitfalls, however,if you do decide to buy in this area, we now have a very good solicitor in Alicante who is helping us and I can give you her details if you want.   

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