The president of Urban Abuses Almanzora-NO (AUAN), Irish citizen Maura Hillen, He has been named an honorary member of the Honorable OBE (MBE) for his work as head of the group, which brings together and defends homeowners outside management in Almería.
Maura Hillen, president of AUAN, an organization that fights urban abuse in Andalusia, He has received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the British community in Spain.
AUAN campaigns with local authorities, regional and national legalize these homes so they can hire services like water and electricity, and also it provides information and support to the affected owners. De facto, the hand of his counsel, Gerardo Vázquez, reform of the Penal Code for demolition were conditional on effective compensation to the owners and other changes in administrative law.
“From 2008, Maura Hillen has worked tirelessly to make real estate problems affecting thousands of British owners are resolved. I am delighted that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved this award in recognition of his dedication”, stressed in a statement the British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley.
In March last year, the Penal Code was amended after AUAN he proposed that judges take into account that most owners made their purchases in good faith and that, therefore, the compensation due to them should be paid prior to any demolition. This has been an important step in reforming the legal system has failed AUAN argued in recognizing the rights of the owners or to compensate them adequately for their losses.