After a seemingly endless wait, the Supreme Court of Spain has rejected the final appeal by those responsible for the horrendous damage to the homes of the residents of Carmenes del Mar. The original verdict condeming the engineers, architects and other professionals who developed the urbanisations was handed down in November 2014, when the judge ordered the defendants to cover the full cost of repairing the constuction defects. Two appeals and more than 5 years later, the Supreme Court has at last upheld the original verdict. The Supreme Court ruling is final and cannot be appealed.
While this is good news for Carmenes del Mar, it is unfortunately not the end of the story. The defendants have filed for bankruptcy and there is no prospect of recovering the funds necessary to carry out the repairs and stabilisation work required. The home owners hope that the Junta de Andalucia will now carry out the resolution, passed by the Andalucian parliament in 2016, in which they approved emergency repairs to the urbanisations. The PP were the opposition party in parliament at that time, when one of their MPs declared "It is an injustice to abandon the people who live there, who don't deserve what they are living through and are guilty of nothing". Now that the PP holds the reins in Andalucia, it is hoped that they will fulfil the promise.
Watch reaction to the ruling on Canalsur: The developers will have to repair Cármenes del Mar