FRUSTRATED residents at a Vera naturist urbanization are to hold a protest on Monday August 22 on the Garrucha seafront.
Owners of 186 of the 500 homes of the Natura World complex are worried they could lose their homes as a result of a legal battle between the developer and the owners of the land, Spanish news agency Europa Press reports.
Approximately one year ago, residents filed a lawsuit against the developer, Proleal SA, which sold them their homes on the naturist complex because they had not been given the escrituras (deeds). It was then that they found out that Proleal had not paid the owners of the land, Pradul, the amount it had promised in exchange for the land, and therefore, had sold the houses without authorization.
This mean Pradul could claim the properties, something confirmed in the provincial court, although Vera court ruled the problem lies between the two companies and should not affect the buyers. The families, who have now been living in the houses for six years, have recently been told that Pradul intends to claim the properties next month.
Proleal, run by the Fernandez Montes brothers, allegedly says it can’t and won’t give the families their money back or pay it to Pradul.
The residents have now organized protests and have already gone to the Ingofersa offices in Garrucha, where they signed their contracts and handed over their money, and to the Pradul headquarters in Roquetas de Mar. They complain that they are going to be the victims of the problems between Proleal and Pradul, despite the fact that they bought their homes in good faith.
They have already brought lawsuits against the two companies but fear this won’t be enough to stop them losing their homes.
By Jennifer Leighfield