The planning department estimate at least two million euro’s loss to the treasurey of Orihuela caused by the first 208 illegal homes detected in the north of Orihuela.



The planning councilor, Antonio Zapata, appeared today to present the first results of the flyover  that a company is performing over the municipality of Orihuela in order to carry out a the plan of regularization of illegal dwellings that give a solution all these houses and their neighbors. After scrutinizing a small portion of land in the north and 208 unlicensed properties were found that are not registered at the rates office therefore, do not pay property tax. Mr. Zapata has estimated that the loss caused to the town hall by the slackness of the Popular party is between two and six million euro’s which has caused  this urban disaster.

According to the Mayor, the 208 cases for regularization of illegal construction have been identified, including catastral ownership, plot type and construction, property data, if they have been licensed or sanctioned.  Mr. Zapata has declared that between the construction tax and planning discipline sanctions, of these 208 cases the town hall would have been able to raise from at least 1.96 and as much as  of 6.17 million euro’s, according to the acceptance of the claims of the owners.

Regulation will cost between 4000 and 8000 euros.

Because of new urban legislative changes announced by the Regional Territory Minister, Bonig Isabel, who has proposed the creation of an agency to solve the problem of illegal housing, and since the General Urban Plan of Orihuela is still pending & shall be drawn taking into account the results of regularization. Mr. Zapata has announced that “we have volunteered ourselves to be a pilot municipality” in this subject. In any case, it has also been assured, that the Department plans to open a office of regularization to property owners who want to benefit from the process 6 that they may voluntarily provide all their documentation to the planning office. In fact, there are 19 owners of a group of properties in the municipality who have initiated this voluntary procedure.


About Patrick Vine

I am a Englishman living and working in Spain as a property consultant dealing with the technical and legal aspects faceing the expat communities living in the south Alicante & north Murcia areas. I am married to a wonderfull Spanish girl called Inés and have 3 children. Jessica, Rubén & Joshua.
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