Carmenes del Mar

Website of the Communities of Property Owners in La Herradura, Granada

Court rules in favour of the residents of Carmenes del Mar

Sun, 09/11/2014 - 10:49 -- admin

The Court of First Instance number 12 of Granada has ruled in favour of the residents of the urbanisation Carmenes del Mar and has ordered all of those responsible for the construction of the urbanisation, jointly and severally, to repair it.

It will be those same defendants, eight in total, who must cover the entire cost of the repair works and any other actions deriving from expert reports and required by the legal process, according to the ruling handed down last Moday, the 3rd of November.

The residents of the more than 400 homes affected have declared themselves "very satisfied with the ruling".

They remain cautious, however, since the defendant have leave to appeal to the Provincial Court of Granada over the coming days. Because of this, they have asked the Central Governments's Andalucian representatives and the Almuñecar Town Hall for their continued support and to use all means at their disposal to


Carmenes del Mar asks Goverment for one last effort to secure emergency repairs ordered by the court.

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 10:32 -- admin

The residents of Carmenes del Mar yesterday thanked the Govermnent's Minster for Andalucia, Carmen Crespo "for making available to us the public company Tragsa, for carrying out the emergency works needed in the urbanisation to prevent the houses from falling down".  At the same time, the home owners say that one last effort is needed on the part of the Government so that they can obtain the bank guarantee that stands in the way of the emergency repair works ordered by the Court of First Instance number 12 of Granada. 

The owners of the 415 homes in Carmenes del Mar "recognise and appreciate the efforts of Almuñecar Town Hall, which in spite of not having the necessary resources, has always shown a willingness to solve the problem. Our houses are falling down because of serious construction defects, and even the court realises that urgent repair works are necessary. ...

Carmenes del Mar residents ask government to act quickly to obtain a bank guarantee

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 13:14 -- admin

The residents of Carmenes del Mar have asked the government to act quickly to obtain a bank guarantee that will allow the repair of the damage to their houses. In July the judge in the case taken by the residents against the developers, engineers and architects who built Carmenes del Mar, ordered 4.5 million euros worth of precautionary repairs to be carried out in Carmenes del Mar. As reported in a press conference, the representatives of the communities say that thanks to these precautionary measures, the residents of Carmenes del Mar and the wider Andalucian population will not have to pay the millions of euros necessary to repair the houses.

However, the residents have complained about the "slowness of the bureaucracy", although they are aware that the Government Delegation in Andalusia is working "valiantly" to speed up the signing of the necessary bank guarantee. 

"We just ask that the process be speeded ...

Carmenes del Mar residents ask the Government for help

Sun, 03/08/2014 - 18:08 -- admin

The residents of Carmenes del Mar have asked the government delegate for Andalucia, Carmen Crespo, for help in curbing the continuing deterioration of their houses, in light of the recent court order for interim repairs to be carried out.

In their statement, the residents have asked the Andalucian delegate, Carmen Crespo, to "do something" to help carry out the interim repairs, and thereby avoid the further deterioration that will occur while the lengthy legal process winds its way through the courts. The court has ordered interim repair works to the value of 4.5 million euros, to prevent houses from falling down and to minimize damage to the roads and infrastructure.

"The Government Delegation is fully aware of the situation we are in, with various houses in ruins and others with cracks and on the verge of collapse. Even so, that same administration that makes promises is not then capable of making decisions that ...

Judge orders repairs to be carried out in Cármenes del Mar

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 13:47 -- admin

The judge in the Carmenes del Mar trial this week ordered 4.5 million euros worth of precautionary repairs to be carried out in Carmenes del Mar. 

The precautionary measures include the maintenance of the roads, internal and external access routes, basic services such as water, electricity and gas, and the sanitary works.

The act also orders the defendants to maintain the systems that contribute to the stabilisation of the urbanisation, such as the retaining walls, and the monitoring and, if needed, elimination of any risks to people.

You can read more about the court order in Spanish here.

Status report from our lawyer

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 12:11 -- admin

At a recent special general meeting for all the Carmenes del Mar communities, the lawyer who represents the residents in the ongoing court case presented a summary of the current status of the legal proceedings, and his recommendations for future actions to be taken. The attached documents contain a summary, in Spanish, English, French and German, of the issues discussed at the meeting. 

Write to your MEP

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 20:42 -- admin

Between 22 and 25 May 2014 elections to the European Parliament will be held in all member states of the European Union. This presents us with a great opportunity to contact our MEPs and to ask them to raise the Carmenes del Mar cause in the European Parliament. By demonstrating to the Spanish administration that our case is an international issue that reflects badly on Spain's attempts to encourage tourism and external investment, we hope to encourage the Junta de Andalucia and Central Government in Madrid to act to protect our homes and our investments. 

A number of neighbours have already received encouraging replies from their MEPs. We encourage everyone to send an email or letter to their local representative and to let us know what response they get. You can find the email address of your MEP on the following website: Find your MEP

​Attached are sample letters in English, Spanish, French and German, as well as a copy of the reply one of our neighbours received from her MEP. ...

Response from the Irish Embassy - Petition was a success!

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 20:04 -- admin

Our petition to the Irish Embassy has had a very successful outcome. The consul has shown great concern and interest in the plight of the property owners in Carmenes del Mar and has written on our behalf to both the Minister for Development & Housing in the Junta de Andalucia, as well as a number of other ministers and to the Mayor of Almuñecar. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition - it has now been closed so you will no longer be able to sign it.

However, we encourage our neighbours of all other nationalities to do likewise and contact their embassy or consulate and ask them to please support their compatriots in our struggle to preserve and protect our homes in Carmenes del Mar.

Here follows the text of a sample letter that you can use to contact your Embassy and ask them to rasie their concerns with the ...