demolished dreams
I just got this email today fro
This is a possibility for ANY country and it's scary.
As much as I want a property on the beach, I think 300-500 meters will be the safest.
News like this can make the most adventerous buyer paranoid.
I thought the forum readers would find this story interesting especially since Turkey is being considered the new Spain.

Demolished dreams
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Catherine Deshayes

Picture this: you spend your life savings on a dream home in Spain, possibly moving to the country permanently for a better lifestyle or retirement and then you receive the news that your property is to be demolished, leaving you with no home and possibly no compensation either - this is what has happened to thousands of homeowners along Spain's coastline thanks to a highly controversial ‘Coast Law,' and it is set to continue...

The Ley de Costas' or ‘Coast Law' is to be enforced nationwide and could mean that thousands of properties could be confiscated or even demolished by the state as they are ‘rezoned.'

The law, which was introduced eleven years ago, forbids anyone to build privately owned property within 100 metres of the sea, as beaches are now considered to be nationalised public property.

Britons with homes on the Costas are among those most at risk from the £3.5 billion campaign by the environment ministry to restore and protect coastal areas from over-development.

There are scores of these beach properties all along the coastline with an estimated 20,000 such homes in Marbella alone.

What is most shocking is that even homes constructed entirely legally decades ago are being targeted for confiscation and possibly demolition.

Angry protesters say the Environment Ministry is acting illegally by retroactively applying the Coastal Law of 1988 to properties built perfectly legally in the 1970's.

Many of the people who own homes along the coastline are foreigners using the property as a holiday home. It is estimated that these new ‘rezonings' could affect as many as 500,000 people, of whom around 100,000 are foreigners.

As's story of April 22nd recounted, the British couple who became the first expats to have their villa destroyed, are to receive compensation to the tune of £570,000.

The Spanish Supreme Court ruled that the demolition order for the property in Almeria was in itself illegal because the correct procedures were not followed, denying the Priors their right to appeal against the ruling to demolish their home.

But, despite their court victory, the Priors are still yet to see any of the compensation and have been living in their garage since January last year when their villa was bulldozed.

Hardly the golden retirement they had in mind.


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demolished dreams
I think this already exists in Turkey and the land is known as Tourist Land and is for hotels and bars etc. There are people who will build on it illegally and this causes problems when trying to get a Tapu.


demolished dreams
It actually is part of the principle that all seem to be seeking - access to a beach! The beach then should be public? Not fenced off?
Therefore the 100m rule.
Which I believe will be applied one day from Gibraltar to the Suez Canal - all over the Med. I met a woman from Croatia last year who was working o trying to enforce it there.
100m might be a good idea anyway if the sea rises by any degree.

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