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after engine problems in the car we were intending to drive back to england in, we had to fly back for a family wedding. We arranged for our beautiful five year old golden retreiver to travel back in a pet taxi. Ithey advertised air conditioned travel and pet friendly hotels. He died of heat stroke somewhere in France. Nothing could replace our beautiful boy but I want to make sure that no one has to go through the pain that we are going through. How can we do this . We live in la maraina, elviria part of the year. - nancy holdswort 03 - 07 - 2009

You could try filing a report against the pet transport company before the Consumer Board of the Junta de Andalucía to check that the company holds all the necessary permits and licences to trade, although clearly the impact of such action in terms of negative publicity for the company would be minimal. You could also file a claim for damages against the company although as you say nothing can replace the loss of your dog. It would be useful to examine the terms of the agreement in which presumably the measures and guarantees safeguarding the welfare of animals are established.

After 15 years at frequenting Torremolinos in Southern Spain I would like to report some cheating and dogy dealings from a couple of bar landlords. The 'cheating stealth' happened in front of my very eyes. I should very much like to expose these unscrupulous, extremely 'dogy'characters in the 'Sur in English'. This is to save unwitting people from lining their pockets with more 'ill-gotten' gains. Please advise how ??? - F. Dale 27 - 06 - 2009

We would need to have some further information concerning the type of swindle which you have witnessed in order to advise you more fully.

Real estate - Planning

We have a construction loan with Halifax, and we have completed the house, and have applied for the first occupation license in November, but have not yet received it. The bank says they won´t pay out the last 30 percent of the loan without it, but it didn´t say that I needed the license in the contract, only that I needed to finish the house within the two years, and the two years will be completed next month. I don´t think what they are doing is legal, and would like to know what steps to take. Many thanks, Wendy Warren - Wendy 24 - 06 - 2009

It would be necessary to examine the conditions of the loan contract in order to offer a more definite response. However from a legal point of view, the term “completion” refers not only to the actual construction of the house but also to compliance of the necessary legal requirements, such as the deed declaring the new build, registration of the deed in the relevant land registry and receipt of the first occupation licence. Failure to meet these requirements could lead to the property being considered unlawful.


i have a paper english driving licence, i am now a resident and homeowner in spain with a spanish plated car, i need to change my licence over. I live in la linea at the moment and i need to know where to go to apply to change my licence over. - michelle Robins 29 - 06 - 2009

The address of your local Traffic Department office in La Línea is as follows: Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico, Av. Ppe. Asturias, s/n, Edf. Panorama, 11300 La Línea (Cádiz), opening hours Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. You may also wish to consult the following web page which has a lot of useful information for British drivers in Spain:
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