OCU has sent the information to the Ministry of Justice, to Directory General of Registrars and Notaries and the Public Prosecutor so that the authorities can officially request Notaries and Property Registrars to examine all the invoices for mortgage cancellations dated from December 2007 and to return, if shown, the monies overcharged to the clients.
OCU's National Director, José María Múgica, says that the organization has two objectives: "We are asking the DPP to order the return of the amounts overcharged to all those who cancelled their mortgages last year; and we ask consumers to check their invoices before paying." As to charges from notaries and registrars organization that the report is 'lacking in clarity', he points out that "this is untrue but it's in their interest to create confusion." He adds that a sentence from Madrid's Supreme Court agrees with OCU's interpretation of the maximum charges involved.
Stung by OCU's accusations, The National Council of Notaries is requesting the Ministries of Justice and Treasury for an update in the fees charged by notaries, which hasn't changed since 1989. A note from this organization says, "We want to allviate the downturn in invoicing and losses at some Notarías as a result of the crisis." This from Manuel López Pardiñas, the notaries' new President.