May 9, 2007
-- Since 2004 HUMA Mediterraneo S.L., Mazarron, Murcia, Spain have been selling off plan properties for their development in Cuevas Del Almanzora, Almeria, Spain. All purchasers were told that all the necessary permissions were in place and building would commence soon. Deposits of around 25% to 50% of the completed value, a normal practice in Spain were taken from the mostly British purchaser, by all accounts checks were made with solicitors and agents and everything seemed to be progressing well. True to their word building did start in April 2005 and the 1200 or so purchasers were looking forward to their “place in the sun”. Then the Bomb Shell fell, a court order had been put in place and building had to stop, the reason given was that rather than all the permissions being in place there were not and the court deemed it such a serious breach that they ordered the building to stop and a police guard placed at the building site. This was in November 2005 and since this date building has still not started.
Obviously over the past 3 years the plans and expectations of the various purchasers has changed and some having come to the end of their contracted date have felt it necessary to withdraw from their purchase. Now this where the Rip of comes in HUMA are failing to return a number of peoples deposits for no good reason, furthermore they are failing to pay the legal interest to those who have managed to have their monies returned.
It appears therefore that HUMA have taken money from people as a deposit knowing full well they could not fulfil the contract in the time allowed and have had the benefit of these people’s monies earning interest in their bank account. HUMA have failed to keep those unfortunate people appraised of the situation nor have they apologized for the delay. Unfortunately Pedro Valera the Finance Director nor Santiago Subiela the Commercial Director of HUMA are willing to discuss the situation, they leave Claudia Escudero Lezzi the Manager of Customer Relations Department to fend of the aggrieved purchasers.