The owner of a house in Mazarron that was demolished because it was too close to the seafront, has been ordered to pay the €13,160 costs for it to be pulled down.
The woman was ordered by the Costas department to demolish her house on the edge of Playa de la Reya, but she failed to do so and in 2014 they sent in their own contractors to carry out the job.
The woman was sent the bill but refused to pay and took the issue to the courts.
However, the High Court in Murcia has now ruled that she must pay and has dismissed her appeal against the ruling.
The property owner fell victim to the Ley de Costas ruling of 1985 which prevented properties from being located on the seafront to ensure that a strip of land was left free to allow passage for the general public along the coast and to help prevent over-development.
Any properties deemed to be built on state land were issued with a demolition order with a 30-year concession from the date of the property’s construction.
This has since been modified to allow a longer period of use, but many homes are being forcefully demolished that were deemed to be outside the new extension period.