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Squatters

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 12:54pm
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Benson

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Hi All, Just discovered I have squatters and now wondering the best course of action. Whether to use a British solicitor or one in Torrevieja. Has anyone any experience of this nightmare. Solicitor recommendations or any other suggestion which would be most helpful as My main resident is in England. Thanks for viewing . Benson

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Apparently not because the squatters can prosecute you for coercion. Here is a situation where one owner took the matter in her own hands (and good on her).If squatters get in, you need to respond fast (spanishpropertyinsight.com)I forgot to add that if you have the electricity cut off , the supplier will not reconnect unless your property passes some new EU regulation checks .  This could mean if it fails , you might have to re-wire th...

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Very sorry to hear this. It’s the nightmare many folk who have been either afraid or unable to travel during Covid restrictions are in dread of. You’ve done the right thing taking a step back to weigh up your options. I got interested in this not only out of interest regarding our own property but also because I worked in most forms of security over the decades in Ireland.  Also very interested because of a couple of recent cases I ...

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:15pm

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:15pm

A difficult situation as squatters have theair rights and in some cases the law is on their side.

tebo53

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:02pm

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:02pm

Benson wrote on Fri Aug 13, 2021 12:54pm:

Hi All, Just discovered I have squatters and now wondering the best course of action. Whether to use a British solicitor or one in Torrevieja. Has anyone any experience of this nightmare. Solicitor recommendations or any other suggestion which would be most helpful as My main resident is in Engla...

...nd. Thanks for viewing . Benson

Steve6 is correct and you may have an expensive fight on your hands which could, potentially,  take months and months.

You will need a Spanish court order to evict squatters. The police will not act without a court order.

Steve

Benson

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:21pm

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:21pm

tebo53 wrote on Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:02pm:

Steve6 is correct and you may have an expensive fight on your hands which could, potentially,  take months and months.

You will need a Spanish court order to evict squatters. The police will not act without a court order.

Steve

Thanks for that Stev6 . I am aware of this hence the suggestion for advice of a solicitor or advice from someone has experienced the problem. Thanks anyway 

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:38pm

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:38pm

Benson wrote on Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:21pm:

Thanks for that Stev6 . I am aware of this hence the suggestion for advice of a solicitor or advice from someone has experienced the problem. Thanks anyway 

Go round with a cricket bat, smash one over the head and then very calmly and politely ask the rest to leave, works perfectly.... Well has done in the past for people I know 😁😁👍👍

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:17am

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:17am

Hi Benson,

I´m sorry to hear of your situation.  Unfortunately, the law in Spain is heavily weighted in favour of squatters, unless you act within 48 hours of occupation.  Even then, some people have reported that the police won´t act without a Court ordered eviction notice.  The wheels of justice grind very slowly in Spain (the justice system receives less than 1% of the country´s annual budget), so you may achieve a quicker result using this company (open in Google Chrome and you can switch the language to English):

https://antiokupas.net/projects/desocupacion-de-viviendas-e-inmuebles/

Good luck!

Kind regards,

Kim

Benson

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:50am

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:50am

Kimmy11 wrote on Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:17am:

Hi Benson,

I´m sorry to hear of your situation.  Unfortunately, the law in Spain is heavily weighted in favour of squatters, unless you act within 48 hours of occupation.  Even then, some people have reported that the police won´t act without a Court ordered eviction notice.  The wheels of ...

...justice grind very slowly in Spain (the justice system receives less than 1% of the country´s annual budget), so you may achieve a quicker result using this company (open in Google Chrome and you can switch the language to English):

https://antiokupas.net/projects/desocupacion-de-viviendas-e-inmuebles/

Good luck!

Kind regards,

Kim

Hi Kim . Thank you for your suggestion will look into this . I have contacted solicitors in uk but they don’t come back to you. So trying to find best way around it. Thanks again. Benson

tebo53

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 12:42pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 12:42pm

Benson wrote on Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:50am:

Hi Kim . Thank you for your suggestion will look into this . I have contacted solicitors in uk but they don’t come back to you. So trying to find best way around it. Thanks again. Benson

This is a link to a thread about squatters that I've been following for over a year.....much food for thought.....

https://britishexpats.com/forum/spain-75/tenant-eviction-nightmare-part-2-a-931274/

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 1:45pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 1:45pm

I'm very sorry for Benson's plight.  We were afraid of this as I had tenants some years ago who paid no rent.  The agent was a dodgy Brit who preyed on Irish and English owners promising to rent their homes.  The tenants said they paid the rent to the agent.  We now have an alarm system who will ring the police as soon as the alarm goes.  They will also repair points of entry the intruders used.  You see the plate outside houses.  It's red and silver called something like Seguridad.  It cost 240 installation and 40 per month. So far thank God we have peace of mind.

Benson

Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 2:18pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 2:18pm

Saddlepillar wrote on Sat Aug 14, 2021 1:45pm:

I'm very sorry for Benson's plight.  We were afraid of this as I had tenants some years ago who paid no rent.  The agent was a dodgy Brit who preyed on Irish and English owners promising to rent their homes.  The tenants said they paid the rent to the agent.  We now have an al...

...arm system who will ring the police as soon as the alarm goes.  They will also repair points of entry the intruders used.  You see the plate outside houses.  It's red and silver called something like Seguridad.  It cost 240 installation and 40 per month. So far thank God we have peace of mind.

Thank you for your input worth thinking about once they are out. 

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