NEWS

Almost 240,000 illegal homes declared so far

The rate of homeowners who are declaring illegal properties appears to be picking up as figures indicated Wednesday that 236,700 homes have been listed in the scheme, which allows owners to pay to protect the structures from demolition.

About a quarter of those declaring their homes have paid the first installment on their penalties.

Despite the increase in applications, the government has so far only raised 173 million euros rather than the planned 300 million from the scheme.