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Spanish "land grabs" soon to be a thing of the past?

For many investing in Spanish real estate, the urge to build your home from scratch or pick a property in need of TLC is all too great a challenge to resist.

But developing properties on non-urban land, that is to say land that is neither urban nor authorised for development by the local authorities, could leave you open to so-called ‘land-grabs’.

The issue of planning permission, or lack thereof, for properties on non-urban land has been a big problem for Spain’s regional governments. So much so, that their only redress has been to demolish illegal developments where they find them and reclaim the land for themselves. Needless to say, these ‘land-grabs’ have not gone down well with homeowners.

Fortunately, recent land law reforms in the regions of Valencia and Andalucía are cutting the red tape surrounding planning permission; meaning ‘land-grabs’ could well be a thing of the past.

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