A quorum not being possible
at 19.00, a second call for the meeting was made at 19.30 and the meeting
proceeded with those present.
33 members were present.
The President, Dave Fisher,
welcomed the members and thanked them for coming.
The minutes of the last AGM
were approved unanimously, with no objections, and were proposed by Elle Webb
and seconded by Jackie Windle.
The Treasurer’s report – the Treasurer, Terry
Waghorne, reported that the current balance was 2843 euros, we had debts of
1197 euros, and the balance remaining was 1646 euros. We have just gained access to the bank account
again. The President, Dave Fisher,
stated the money was mainly used for the costs of the website, and confirmed
that we have had many problems in gaining access to our bank account.
has been a very busy time for us. Stefan
Schauer, at the Ayuntamiento, has been a great help to our members resolving
problems with IBI and basura payments.
are many changes to the law now and will be more in the future. AUAN, supported by SOHA, have been
instrumental in amending laws which will affect all of the 2 million “illegal”
properties in Spain; a), regarding obtaining compensation before demolition,
and b), yesterday (20 July 2016), decree 2/2012 was passed which means that
people outside of the PGOU plan will have access to basic amenities, ie
electricity, water and sewage. A warning
was issued to get legal advice before getting the AFO which permits this as
there are problems connected with it, because it will not allow alterations or
additions to the property, only
maintenance, nor rebuilding in the case
of damage, For example, in Mijas recently, there were 187 properties
destroyed by fire and they cannot be rebuilt.
PGOU of Chiclana is currently with the Junta, who may wait for other laws to
change before approving it. (ie, at
present, it is not possible to legalise “illegal” houses by means of a PGOU,
for which there is a law going through at present to change this, although it
may take some time as there are some 16 steps required to change any law).
have spent some 266,000 euros in legal fees so far to get these laws changed,
and are also trying to change the Catastral laws to make them fit for purpose –
for example, there is no obligation for the Catastral to declare any debts on
the house. Also, there are plans to ensure that unsegregated plots are able to
be segregated (not legal in Spain at present).
properties – there are substantial new laws regarding the rental of properties
for short term lets; it is essential to get good legal advice. Some houses have already received licences
but the requirements are quite complicated.
suelo – it has been declared that the imposition of a minimum interest rate on
mortgages is illegal. (This also covers deposits made on off plan
purchases.) Banks now have to repay
overpayments. It is, again, essential to
consult a solicitor as only one application for repayment can ever be
made. There are some new companies being
set up to help but their costs are in the region of 35% of the compensation.
ChiFRA website is still up and running and will continue.
was an automatic re-appointment of committee members; one committee member has
stood down. A plea for new members to
help was made but with no response.
for the coming year – things will go on much as usual. There will be a slowing down of information,
particularly as the new laws are coming into effect.
– A question was raised re the AFO and how it might affect house
insurance. The President stated that you
should make sure that there is no clause that you need to obtain a licence to
rebuild before insurance is paid out.
You need to check your insurance and consult a solicitor if necessary.
committee were thanked for all their hard work.
meeting was closed at 19.45pm.
24.07.16 (amended version 01.08.16)