The British Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, LVO was appraised of the illegal property problems regarding Chiclana de la Frontera during a 15 minute discussion with Lesley McEwan, Managing Director of Cadizcasa Ethical Estate Agents earlier this month. Mr Paxman was attending the launch of the Honourary British Consul, Alejandra Cruz-Conde at the Villa del Duque in Jerez.
Lesley McEwan said “It was a pleasure to meet the Ambassador and to discuss this very serious problem directly with him. The Ambassador was aware of the problems in the Costa de la Luz but not of the extent of the problem, particularly in the Chiclana de la Frontera area where we have around 18,000 illegal properties. He told me that he has appointed a new member of staff to the Embassy to look in to the illegal housing issues.
It is very reassuring to know that this problem has been recognised at this level and that the Ambassador is taking a personal interest in a matter which affects many house owners on this coast. I told the Ambassador that my company works daily with people who have been left in terrible circumstances by having done nothing wrong other than trust people they considered to be professionals. Sadly many were let down and now find themselves with illegal properties and court cases against constructors etc pending. My goal for Cadizcasa is to move forward and bring about a change in the way estate agency is operated in these areas. We want to introduce the ethics which should always have been there and ensure that all purchasers are correctly advised about the paperwork for a property before they purchase. There are many fabulous and good value properties on the Costa de la Luz but the bad publicity could affect the property market so we need to act now”.
For further information please contact:-
Lesley McEwan at Cadizcasa