PAH help Ca­tral fam­ily to reg­is­ter at re­pos­sessed home owned by bank

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Social Scene - By Alex Watkins

A MOTHER with four chil­dren has been able to put her fam­ily on the mu­nic­i­pal reg­is­ter (padrón) in Ca­tral, even though they are oc­cu­py­ing a home that has been re­pos­sessed by a bank.

They achieved this af­ter re­ceiv­ing sup­port and ad­vice from the Al­moradí protest group for vic­tims of abu­sive mort­gages (PAH), which staged a protest out­side the town hall on Mon­day.

The fam­ily has been liv­ing there for seven months and un­suc­cess­fully con­tacted the bank to try and or­gan­ise a so­cial rent­ing agree­ment.

PAH spokes­woman Merche Martínez ex­plained that for them to ac­cess their fun­da­men­tal rights to wa­ter and elec­tric­ity, and to reg­is­ter her chil­dren in school, they needed to reg­is­ter on the padrón.

They fi­nally achieved on the day of the protest this af­ter months of try­ing, some­thing which she com­mented was a ‘cu­ri­ous’ co­in­ci­dence.

The PAH has also been ex­plain­ing why peo­ple have to oc­cupy homes in this way in Spain to the fam­ily’s neigh­bours, most of whom are re­tired Bri­tish res­i­dents.

Mayor of Ca­tral Pe­dro Za­plana com­mented that coun­cil work­ers had asked for the doc­u­ments re­quired by the na­tional sta­tis­tics of­fice (INE), but she did not own the prop­erty or have a ren­tal con­tract signed by the owner.

The town hall had to ask the INE whether there is an­other pos­si­bil­ity and that morn­ing they an­swered say­ing yes, if the ap­pli­cant can ob­tain a po­lice re­port con­firm­ing that they ac­tu­ally live there, even if they have no le­gal right to, which she was able to do.

How­ever, un­for­tu­nately the wa­ter com­pany has since re­fused to re­con­nect the prop­erty and the PAH are now or­gan­is­ing a sec­ond protest at the town hall this morn­ing (Fri­day) from 09.00.

Costa Blanca News will update read­ers on the sit­u­a­tion next week.

Ar­chive photo of a PAH protest at a bank

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