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  1. Peggy Cairnes
    November 19, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    Wow this is so heartbreaking, there are no words I can express for these poor people. We are under the same policies in Montoro, Spain, don’t sleep at night now without at least 2 sleeping pills, I am constantly on alert and in fear we may loose everything.We were conned by a local english speaking estate agent, the builder (the estate agent assured us that this builder was closer than a brother to him) The builder was given a contract of construction by my husband, read to him in our lawyers office and signed. My house is still not finished and the swimming pool (we paid extra for) can never be filled with water, it is actually slowly sliding down the mountain. went to court (cost so much money) the courts found in favor of the builder. Only then did we find out our home is an illegal build, I have been devastated ever since. We have fought for more than 7 years to get electricity to our home, all they will give us is building electricity and we pay double normal price, some bills well over €800. So much for a quiet retirement, I have never been so stressed in my life. I am sorry for rambling on, I am truly heartbroken for these people and may God Bless and Wtch over them.

  2. Peggy Cairnes
    November 19, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    so sad

    November 19, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    As a Member of SOHA committe who witnessed yesterday’s demolition, I have to say WELL DONE for this article. Well-written and fair. Michael Stevenson

  4. Elle Draper
    November 19, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    Thanks Michael – anything to help!
    E x

  5. Elle Draper
    November 19, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment Peggy. I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a similar situation. Not rambling on at all!!! xxx

  6. Mary
    November 19, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

    Just can’t imagine what this is doing to those poor people. Makes me realise just how lucky I am

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