JANET HAYDEN, a British 70- year-old who was due to be evicted from her home in La Viñuela on April 4, has received a last-minute reprieve from her bank.
Ms Hayden, whose plight has been followed by the Euro Weekly News, bought a plot of land in the area in 2003 and said she was advised by her legal representative that although the land was not designated for housing, she could secure the appropriate licence by paying a small fee.
Janet said she never received a licence however, and worse still her house started to show signs of serious damage after work was completed.
It was then she found the land she had built on was known for subsiding, with locals calling it ‘the land that walks.’
Racking up increasing amounts of debt with her bank, Janet was shocked to learn that her representatives had not secured the normal 10-year insurance for new-build homes.
Suffering from a potentially fatal heart condition and facing eviction, Janet went on hunger strike from March 1 in a last-ditch attempt to get her bank to negotiate with her.
Having lost two stone and expecting to be evicted, Janet cut off all utilities as well as her phone and television connection before learning that the bank is now delaying her eviction.
The bank has said it is now considering its position in light of the fact Ms Hayden does not have anywhere else to stay, and may even consider finding her another home.