Residents in Urb. Chayofita in Costa del Silencio call on council and police to relieve them from a living hell

Life is being made a misery for residents of the Chayofita complex in Costa del Silencio. The whole area has had less than a salubrious reputation in the past but of recent years, things had improved considerably apart from in a few specific points. One of them is this complex, whose residents are despairing, saying that it is “inundated with squatters”.

Marjorie Barnaby runs the complex’ rental cleaning office, and says that several of her customers have been burgled. “We have had apartments broken into and squatters taking up residence” she says, and in some cases, “apartments broken into and everything stolen, all within the past month”. Ms Barnaby says that the community is finding the police unhelpful when burglaries are reported because “when you ring them you are told to make a denuncia before they will attend, but by then, the squatters have changed the locks, and reconnected the electricity and water illegally”.

Owners are frustrated that police advice is to engage a lawyer and take legal action, but this is neither a quick nor easy solution, and even when judgments are achieved, squatters frequently abandon properties in a desolate condition. One resident who wanted to remain anonymous said that residents feared to speak out because “they are dangerous people”: she said that “residents want the press and politicians to get involved”.

This should not be such a tall order. With a completely new ruling party in Arona after the electoral earthquake earlier this year, and on a day, today, in which the previous mayor was in Court admitting that he had permitted renovations to be carried out without licence on the Sir Anthony hotel in Playa de las Américas – in return it is said for unlimited and free use of hotel accommodation – the Ayuntamiento can surely get some results! After all, it has been achieved before …

At the beginning of the year, the San Rafael complex near the Verónicas was taken back by its owners with backing from both police and council from the squatters, drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes who had overrun it. It can be done. It just needs some political will, some co-ordinated policing, and some joined-up thinking. And if “San Raf” can be regained even before Arona’s “political earthquake”, it must be possible elsewhere in the municipality now.

The Ayuntamiento has spent money on doing up Silencio, on starting to try to reclaim its reputation. It is time now to ask why that expenditure should be wasted … or is the council going to make an absolute statement that Silencio is a lost cause? That, surely, is more unthinkable than the current hell the owners in Urb. Chayofita are living through. They are calling on the politicians to hear and help them. Will they listen?




  1. Hi We have a property on this complex & not be able to get over for long time. Does have a contact number of anyone who runs the complex please thanks Carl & Rachel 07778 337635

  2. Hi Janet.
    just wondered if there any bargains on Chayofita that one could buy there.or even the possible situation where you ,i believe can add an extra bedroom upstairs if you bought the right apartment?appreciate your advice on the above,and a Merry Christmas/New Year.

    Regards Graham

    1. Author

      I don’t know of any, Graham, your best bet will be to view the complex and see if there are any se vende signs, or approach estate agents. As to adding bedrooms, do be aware that you would need permission from the community as well as a local authority licence, and an architect’s project.

  3. It was pleasing to read the last comment on chayofita dated June 2017. It is thanks to our new president Yvonne and her team which we are hoping to keep despite a hostile battle from the former corrupt administration which would take us back to the old days.

  4. We visited Chayofita in early June 2017. We thought the whole complex was very well looked after the gardens were full of colourful plants and the entire complex felt really safe and secure .
    The administration has done a good job of getting rid of squatters and improving the intire complex it was a joy to visit .
    Our only negative observation was that the large pool was undergoing a complete refurbishment.

  5. Do you have the contact details for Marjorie who runs the office ? Trying to contact Sandra cotterrall who has an apartment on the complex, she is our Nan and hasn’t been in touch for over a month. Do you have her details are Marjorie is a friend of hers ?

    1. Author

      no, I’m sorry, I don’t. Try asking on a few Facebook groups related to Tenerife. They have very members so your chances are greatly increased.

  6. can anyone update me on this complex about to make a booking but on reading this having second thoughts

  7. I feel really sad for the residents and hope they can get things sorted to their satisfaction.
    We live in the Royal Marina Golf Complex in Amarilla Golf, last week two squatters managed to get into our complex, we have managed to get rid of them on Monday but buy this time they had changed a number of locks on some empty apartments. On Monday night to early Tuesday morning 10 of the scum bags attempted to enter our complex, with out success. From then until now they have attempted various means of entry, from people calling at the complex enquiring about what apartments are for sale (6 in two days) we have had none in the last year, locksmiths saying they have been instructed to change locks and the same cars driving round and round the complex.
    We have now hired some very intimidating security guards to patrol the complex day and night, for as long as we have to.
    One thing I must say is the police from all departments have been excellent and have supported us well. Their problem is their hands are tied by the law ( this needs changing before the island is ruined)

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