North Coast October 10, 2023 | 3:59 pm

Puerto Plata: investor denounces plan to remove him from his villa

An American couple has sought the intervention of President Luis Abinader and other authorities to prevent their eviction from a villa they built ten years ago in Cofresí, Puerto Plata. They deem the court ruling that orders the eviction as “unfair and illegal.”

David and Brendan Horton expressed their surprise upon learning of the decision issued by Judge Nassin Eduardo Ovalle, president of the Civil and Commercial Chamber of the Court of First Instance of Puerto Plata. This ruling orders the award and eviction of their tourist villa and five others located in Cofresi.

The Hortons argue that Judge Ovalle’s decision was made without adhering to due process and effective judicial protection. It was in favor of a foreign company without a National Taxpayer Registry or Commercial Registry, despite the existence of a Supreme Court of Justice ruling.

In a video posted on social networks, David Horton appealed to the President of the Dominican Republic for help. He emphasized the need to intervene on their behalf and on behalf of other owners, emphasizing that the ruling threatens foreign investment and the reputation of the Dominican Republic.

Numerous law firms have appealed the decision by Judge Ovalle, describing it as a “legal eyesore” and an attack on foreign investment. They have pointed out serious violations of due process in the ruling, including lack of proper notification to registered creditors and successors in title of the debtor, among other irregularities.

The lawyers representing the real owners of the affected properties have challenged the decision through legal channels. They believe that such rulings could harm Puerto Plata’s tourism and investment prospects, deterring foreign investors at a time when efforts are being made to attract more capital to the North coast.

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October 10, 2023 5:51 pm

So many unanswered questions here in this case. It must be assumed that the six owners had some form of physical title before they commenced building and who issued the titles and who was the owner before the six owners. Did six different lawyers involved in the six sales all make errors in checking the titles?? Why did the titles office issue new titles?? And most importantly was the judge paid off because it seems from the comments that his decision was very wrong. I have a feeling that he will be stood down and the decision will be reversed on appeal.

November 20, 2023 8:55 am
Reply to  Richard

This issue has been going on since 2017 with no resolution that resolves this issue. It has impacted the owners, resort, and members and has taken a wonderful location with huge success and turned it ugly. There is no reason at all that this issue can not be resolved properly. We almost invested in DR Real Estate and this is exactly why we did not do it. I think the President visited the ground breaking ceremony when these were being built along with the new real estate village that was announced all for show. Please get this resolved for all involved espeically the rightful owners and turn that property back to its original state.

Platano Frito
October 13, 2023 11:16 am

Judge is prepping his retirement properties

November 29, 2023 1:21 pm

Is there an update to this wrongful removal? These villas are part of a larger resort and the government needs to get this resolved for the rightful owners and resort. In addition, the other villas at the Cliffs need to be completed, added to the resort, and reopen Serenity beach. This is exactly the problem with the DR with foreign investments.