Coastal Law amended

February 4th, 2009 - 11:51 am Posted in coastal law, ibiza, ley de costas | Comments (0)

Further to our article this month about the Ley de Costas here: it appears Madrid have added a last minute amnedment to the law. This comes after a barrage of criticsm from British and German embassies:

The 1988 law declares that the beach is public land, up to the point where the sea reaches in the worst of storms. Any homes built in that area before 1988 were taken into ownership by the state ahead of demolition, but the owners were granted up to 60 years grace, but they were told that they could not sell or reform their properties. The decision on whether a particular property lies in the public area was allowed to take five years.

The reform has now come via an amendment to the Maritime Navigation law, taking the legislation change directly via the Justice department and away from the Environment Ministry, needing only additional approval in Congress.

It states that such property can now be bought and sold, and indeed passed in inheritance, provided the building was built legally before 1988. An estimated 45,000 homes are estimated to be affected all along the coasts of Spain.

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