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Greetings all, I am planning to relocate to Spain however, I have heard many discouraging accounts of intruders / occupants and burglaries / thefts in homes and apartments. What is the best way to avoid this? Are closed communities and urbanizations with enhanced security measures able to successfully prevent intruders, or is there still a way in? I really appreciate it.

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There's nothing that can be done. Make sure to lock all doors and security bars, if you have them. Getting to know your neighbours is a great way to have someone look after your house when you're away. It's not possible to accomplish everything here, but you can be alert and watchful. Be cognizant of any strange activity, but don't be overly worried.


Equip your home with a reliable alarm system that alerts you when there are unwanted intruders or squatters.

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The level of security varies between urban areas. When living in a gated complex such as mine, I haven't felt the need to shut my French windows when going out, and have had no incident for 14 years.


If you own a property in Spain, it is important to know the laws regarding squatters and intruders. Many people are unaware of their rights and therefore underestimate the risks posed by illegal occupation of a property. This article will provide information about how to deal with squatters in Spain, so that owners can protect their personal and financial interests.


Understand What Squatters Are

It’s important to understand that “squatters” are essentially illegal occupants of a property in Spain who don’t have any legal right to be there – either because they don’t have a rental agreement or purchase contract with the owner. While it is rare that squatters would move into an empty house as they usually prefer residential areas, they may seize an opportunity once someone moves out without notifying the landlord correctly.


Be Familiar with Local Legislation on Squatting

If your property has been taken over by squatters, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with local laws on illegal occupation of properties in Spain. Under Spanish law, these individuals must be evicted through court proceedings known as an “ejectment” or “recuperation action” and should not be handled privately as it could violate Spanish laws on private ownership. You will also need to make sure you check any tenancy agreements for evidence that the tenant has vacated or breached their contract before pursuing legal action against them.


Secure Your Property from Further Damage

If your home has been taken over by squatters, it is vital that you secure the premises from further damage and harm caused by them. This includes changing all locks on doors and windows, ensuring proper alarm systems are installed (if applicable), installing CCTV security cameras at entry points and thoroughly checking for other signs of damage such as furniture being trashed or unauthorized access given to strangers by the unwelcome occupants. It is recommended that you contact your local police station if your home has been entered illegally so they can investigate further if necessary.


Get Legal Advice and Proceed With Caution

Once you have established legal ownership of the property, you must meet all requirements laid out in Spanish Law when evicting unwanted guests using court officials only; contact your local authority who can direct you towards companies who offer professional services in this area who can support you through this process swiftly yet professionally without running the risk of making costly mistakes along the way. Above all else; take caution before taking any action which could potentially put yourself and/or those settling inside your dwelling at risk from costly mistakes which could leave either party exposed financially - always seek expert legal advice first!

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As a property owner in Spain, I am currently facing the problem of having squatters residing on my property. I have tried making numerous inquiries about the legal procedure for eviction, but I haven't received any responses once I mention the problem. I am seeking advice or recommendations for a company that can carry out the eviction process legally. I have been told that the court procedure is lengthy, and there may be a quicker route available. My property is located in Torrevieja, so I believe agents in this area would be better suited to help me. Thank you. I hope to find someone who has experience dealing with this nightmare or can provide some advice.

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A protocol has been created by the Secretary of State for Security at the Ministry of the Interior to provide a standard and improved response by the National Police and Civil Guard against illegal building occupations. The protocol aims to include all necessary elements in the reports required to prove the commission of a crime and the involvement of the alleged perpetrators.


According to the protocol, both first and second homes are considered as dwellings and therefore have the same legal protection. The eviction of illegal occupants must be carried out within 72 hours, and affected individuals can report cases of illegal occupation through the ALERTCOPS mobile application. This free app provides a direct channel to communicate with the State Security Forces and Bodies for victims or witnesses of an event.



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