We have had our property in Torrevieja for 30 years. The house next door has been empty for 20 years since the owner passed away and is now derelict.
We have had squatters and other problems. When the last squatters left we paid to have it bricked up and put a new door on the roof.
The house was left to five grandchildren who are not interested and have never visited. We have tried for 20 years to buy the house, but we get no proper response. There is about €10,000 debt on the property. Have you any advice?
J E (Costa Blanca)
There are procedures in Spanish law for a third party to obtain title to an abandoned property, but these depend on the registered owners being deceased.
If you have five living owners, you certainly face complications. The only suggestion I can offer is to instruct a lawyer to act for you and to make a serious offer to the five heirs.
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