'The new law is a step forward but does not solve our problems'

Save Our Homes Axarquia (SOHA) has been fighting for the rights of owners of irregular houses

E. CABEZAS MALAGA.

The new LISTA legislation approved last week by the Junta de Andalucía does not convince Save Our Homes Axarquia, (SOHA), which for more than a decade has been fighting for the rights of owners of irregular houses.

The association considers that the current text "does not solve our problems". In a statement, they said that the law "is a positive step forward".

However, they regretted that "it does not solve the problem of isolated homes" in the Axarquía, where it is estimated that there are more than 20,000 of the 50,000 or so irregular houses that exist in the province.

SOHA spokesman Mario Blancke pointed out that in the Axarquía "most of the homes affected by the previous legal framework have their licences and now, with the new legislation, you have to apply for a DAFO (Declaration of Assimilated Out of Order) and declare your house illegal."

For this reason, the SOHA spokesman said, "They are describing the AFO as a solution when it is really a problem in the Axarquia, where the vast majority of houses were built with a licence."

Blanke went on to say, "AFO is not a legalisation as they would have us believe, but rather it means illegal housing is tolerated."

President of SOHA Phillip Smalley indicated that this "declaration" means paying again for something that has already been paid for, or "a double taxation".

He warned of the "existing mismatch" in the amounts that town halls charge for the procedures to process the declaration of AFO, "which is causing tension among home owners and in the real estate market in the Axarquia".