When we bought Cortijo El Guarda in November 2010 the contract stipulated that the sellers would deliver the house including all permits and licenses needed. Our lawyer who drafted the contract was also responsible for checking these conditions. When we went to notary to pay the agreed amount and receive the keys, our lawyer declared that he had checked the paperwork and that everything was as agreed upon.
Within a few weeks after that moment we were visited by the police who informed us that the renovation as done by the sellers had taken place without the proper licenses. Of course we were shocked by this and didn’t know what to expect as consequences of this. But we were also surprised how they could have performed all kind of building activities for over two years without authorities interfering.
After having had a few meetings with the mayor at the Alcalá Townhal (Ayuntamiento) local authorities gave us temporarily licenses to live here and to start El Guarda as a business, as long as we would apply for the official papers. You can imagine how relieved this made us feel. The downside, having to apply for our licenses ourselves, we took for granted.
We found Mario our architect in which we trusted from the start and who was able to make the drawings and applications needed in order to file for the licenses. The whole process to get things finalized and agreement by the authorities was finished this week when we got the ultimate approval from the Ayuntamiento. It cannot be a coincidence that it was brought to us by the same policeman (who act as postmen for official papers here….) who informed us 4 years ago about our illegally renovated dream.
Of course we still have some things to settlement with the sellers and our former lawyer and we rest assured that justice will be done there as well as in the other court cases we battled in so far. But for now it is time for some CAVA!!