Norwegian family get their home back but squatting nightmare isn't over yet

The siblings outside the property which was occupied until now.
The siblings outside the property which was occupied until now. / SUR
  • Siblings Lisbeth and Jørn Hokholt are now able to access their home after 13 months but inside everything is "completely destroyed"

After 13 months described as "a real nightmare", Norwegian siblings Lisbeth and Jørn Hokholt have regained entry to their property in Caleta de Vélez, which had been occupied by squatters since September 2019 until they left voluntarily a few weeks ago.

During this time, the brother and sister have only been able to come to Caleta once, last December, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, when they can next make the trip, they will be required to take stock of the damage that has been caused to the property, built by their parents at the end of the 1960s.

"It's been completely destroyed," said Eduardo López-Chicheri, the family's lawyer, who went inside accompanied by the police, after receiving the news that the squatters had left.

"In furniture alone, they've stolen more than two thousand euros' worth, but they've also destroyed doors, wardrobes and partition walls, and taken the bathroom fittings," he said.

The lawyer explained that the court in Vélez-Málaga, which had been handling the case, has been informed that the family would be officially reporting the squatters, who had been identified by police during a visit this year, for the damages and theft.