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