Reflections of Life in
I AM not an investigative journalist, although if you looked at my email inbox you would be forgiven for thinking that I was. Recently I have received emails from MEPs, concerned property owners, and desperate individuals who are struggling to pay their bills.
Most people accept and understand that businesses fail, that systems have their faults, and that individuals can be tempted to ‘bend’ the rules, but what seems to frustrate people more than anything is the Spanish Legal System.
Take the Illegal Properties issue that still surrounds a number of properties in
MEP’s such as Nigel Farage and Vicky Ford are pressing for a full debate in the EU parliament on the role of censures and blocking of funds to Spain, and make the interesting point that if the UK were to act independently to the EU, it could take rapid and effective action against Spain.
With respect I hazard a guess they are barking up the wrong tree somewhat. The
No, I suspect the answer lies with the Spanish themselves, and in particular an adoption of the ‘Spirit of the Law’ as opposed to the ‘Letter of the Law’. There are 500,000 retired people living in
Add to that the revenues generated by visiting friends and family and you have a significant market at risk. Being pragmatic isn’t in the nature of
As a result, expatriates are becoming the victim of a system that should be protecting them. For many that have been made redundant, but received no pay, there is a legal process in place, but it is expensive and takes for ever so many just don’t bother, can’t afford to bother, or have to return to the UK to earn a living.
There is some hope though! A friend recently won a very long drawn out court case for unpaid rent on a business they rent out. The court accepted a phased payment of the debt, with the proviso that if the second phase wasn’t paid to my friend by the due date, the court themselves would pay him and they would chase the debtor for the money. Pragmatic, sensible and helpful …… not words traditionally associated with the Spanish Legal System.
By Chris Marshall