Spain's property market is far more mature and transparent these days.
It always felt doubly cruel. Not only were homeowners who had unwittingly purchased illegally built property told that their homes would be demolished, but they also learned that they would, in the process, lose everything.
No compensation. No money. No ‘our hands are tied’ apology. Nothing. Appeals could be lodged, court hearings could be made, but the bottom line remained unwavering: homes built illegally would have to be demolished. No exceptions.
Not only did this scandalous behaviour turn the dreams of thousands into an unending nightmare, but it also served to damage Spain’s property market – and the country’s wider reputation – in the eyes of foreigners…