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Help for guests stranded in La Zenia

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:33pm
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Blanco

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Hi everyone, I am after some advice regarding the current situation surrounding the Corona virus. I am in the UK at the moment but some friends have been staying at my place in La Zenia, I am a none resident. I have been advised that they will have to leave within 7 days or I could face a 10.000 euro fine. The problem is their flight has been cancelled and they can't gat home. Has any one else had a similar experience as this must apply to a lot of people?

Kimmy11

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:46pm

Kimmy11

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:46pm

Hi Blanco,

Who advised you that, "that they will have to leave within 7 days or I could face a 10.000 euro fine"?

Kind regards,

Kim

Blanco

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:57pm

Blanco

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:57pm

It was my property manager who apparently was told by his solicitor

Grahame

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:03pm

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:03pm

Hi

Our son came out with us on 7th March

His flight back was 24th March

Cancelled

Booked him on an alternative flight and he got home safely yesterday

Have your guests looked for other flights home ?

Link below

Jet2 to East Midlands available tomorrow 

https://www.jet2.com/en/cheap-flights/alicante/east-midlands?from=2020-03-21&adults=2&children&infants=0&preselect=false&searchType=4

Blanco

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:10pm

Blanco

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:10pm

Their flight was was 30 March but cancelled and they were told they could not get another until the end of May. They were just going to wait it out but are now concerned about the 7 day edict and possible fine (so am I!). They are looking for alternatives but not much luck, they are with Ryanair. I have emailed my own solicitor but no reply yet.

Kimmy11

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:39pm

Kimmy11

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:39pm

Hi Blanco,

It sounds like your property agent and their lawyer may be quoting the consequences for overstayers in normal circumstances.  In any event, if your renters are citizens of the UK or any other EU member state, they can be in Spain for 90 days without sanction - and this time of lockdown is not normal circumstances.  Whilst you await a response from your own lawyer, I'd ask your agent for sight of the law that they're relying on.

Kind regards,

Kim

Blanco

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:08pm

Blanco

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:08pm

Grahame wrote on Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:03pm:

Hi

Our son came out with us on 7th March

His flight back was 24th March

Cancelled

Booked him on an alternative flight and he got home safely yesterday

Have your guests looked for other flights home ?

Link below

Jet2 to East Midlands available tomorrow 

https://www.jet2.com/en/cheap-flights/alicante/east-midlands?from=2020-03-21&adults=2&children&infants=0&preselect=false&searchType=4

Sorry just seen your link re Jet 2 - will give that a try. Thank very much

Blanco

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:09pm

Blanco

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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:09pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:39pm:

Hi Blanco,

It sounds like your property agent and their lawyer may be quoting the consequences for overstayers in normal circumstances.  In any event, if your renters are citizens of the UK or any other EU member state, they can be in Spain for 90 days without sanction - and this time of lockdown is no...

...t normal circumstances.  Whilst you await a response from your own lawyer, I'd ask your agent for sight of the law that they're relying on.

Kind regards,

Kim

Yes its sounding increasingly bizarre under the circumstances, thanks for your response - appreciated

Cheryl

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:50am

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Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:50am

If your property has a Tourist Licence then this may be linked in with all the hotels having to close by Thursday, which includes such lets. If it is not a Tourist let and your friends are staying for free then they can stay but it could be for a very long haul as I can't see this going away any time soon.
There are still repatriation flights leaving Alicante so it may be worthwhile your friends doing their utmost to get on one of these before they all stop.
Whilst it may seem like a good idea now to have an extended holiday, if one of them gets the virus it may change everything. Not that the UK is any better but they will have their usual support network around them in familiar surroundings.

Blanco

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:54am

Blanco

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Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:54am

Thanks that sounds like a very sensible view. My place does have a licence which my property manager arranged for the rentals he organises. That’s probably why he has interpreted it this way. But yes they are staying for free and are not his clients so should be ok. They are also keeping an eye out for flights. Thanks again.    

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