Trinitario Casanova Loses Court Battle Over the Hotel Plaza España

2 December 2019 – Trinitario Casanova, an executive based in Orihuela who is the head of the Murcian Baraka Group, lost another round in his lawsuits against the RIU hotel chain. Casanova has been battling in court since an operation in which he intervened to buy the Edifício España in Madrid from Chinese investor Wanda and, simultaneously, sell it to the Mallorcan firm to turn it into a hotel. The courts had already ruled against the executive in May when RIU was allowed to open the hotel. Now the latest ruling stated that the Baraka Group did not have a repurchase option on the ground-floor commercial premises.

Original Story: Alicante Plaza – David Martínez

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Spanish Supreme Court Rules Against Barcelona’s Tax on Empty Properties

2 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

The Third Chamber of the Supreme Court dealt Ada Colau a setback, ruling against a penalty on empty dwellings in the hands of financial institutions. The Supreme Court upheld the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia’s ruling stating that the Barcelona City Council does not have the power to impose such a tax.

The municipal ordinance had set a rate of 633 euros for each case opened upon discovering an empty flat and 286 euros for each additional requirement in cases where the owner failed to comply with the municipal order.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Elena Sanz