Police and housing association to tackle illegal squatters on Spain's Costa Blanca

The town of Callosa de Segura, Spain is to undergo a joint operation between local police and housing and neighbourhood associations in a bid to tackle illegal squatting which has become rife during the pandemic.

The town’s mayor, Manuel Sirvent, stated that the alliance had been set up as a way to tackle the issue from all aspects.

“We have to be sensitive over any complicated situations especially if children are involved,” Mr Sirvent said.

An administration group for the church in Callosa said there had been a ‘serious problem’ with squatting in the town and municipality.

Neighbours living next to the squatters also complained of anti-social behaviour.

According to data from the town’s administrators squatting has increased by a staggering 58% since 2015.

Data for the whole of Spain suggests there are also over 100,000 houses being lived in illegally.

 


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