SOME 100 people from the ‘Natura World’ urbanization in Vera gathered outside the company’s offices in Garrucha to protest about their situation.
Owners of 186 of the 500 homes of the Natura World naturist complex fear they could lose their homes, where they have lived for six years, as a result of a legal dispute between the developer and the owners of the land. Many of them paid up front, and they claim to feel ‘tricked’.
Approximately one year ago, they filed a lawsuit against developer, Proleal SA, from whom they had bought their homes in good faith, because they had not been given the deeds. They discovered then that Proleal had not paid the owners of the land, Pradul, the amount agreed, but had instead promised them the 186 homes in exchange for the land, but at the same time, had gone ahead and sold them.
This means that 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. They have recently been told that Pradul intends to claim the properties in September.
Proleal, run by the Fernandez Montes brothers, allegedly says it can’t and won’t give the families their money back or pay Pradul. Residents claim the new governing team in Vera is treating them well and has promised a ‘first occupation’ license to anyone who can prove they own a house on the complex.
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By Jennifer Leighfield