A house being demolished in southern Spain
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Demolition threat to expat properties in Spain

16 December 2013 Last updated at 08:03 GMT

Thousands of homes belonging to British families living in Spain are under threat of demolition.

Planning permission granted by local authorities can be overruled by the regional government, leaving the owners with no building and no compensation.

Now the British government is stepping in to try to help.

Tom Burridge reports.