Furniture is removed from a Tulum hotel. Furniture is removed from a Tulum hotel.

Governor implicated in Tulum evictions

16 hotels, restaurant owners dispossessed of their properties

A series of evictions in the Caribbean resort town of Tulum has given rise to accusations of unfair dispossession of business operators on the part of the state government.


The evictions were in response to an alleged breach of an oral lease contract between business owners and the municipality and were supposedly the subject of a judicial order.

Early yesterday morning, moving trucks, about 500 private security guards and Tulum municipal police officers arrived in the town’s Punta Pierda zone to carry out evictions of 16 hotels and restaurants and undeveloped pieces of land.

Those who were to be dispossessed tried to resist the officials, who in turn shot firearms into the air and used tear gas to force them out.

Men who had arrived with police then moved in and sacked the premises, removing the furniture and other possessions of the business operators.

One hotelier claimed that the seizure of her real estate — and the rest of those affected by the eviction — was orchestrated by Quintana Roo Governor Roberto Borge.


According to the hotel operator, the governor has “strong interests” in the Tulum area: “We know well that all this is in response to the sale — with false documents — of several beachfront pieces of land by the governor. Now, before he leaves office, he wants to make sure he doesn’t lose what he earned from the sale.”

The eviction victim said officials claim they weren’t paying rent, when in fact they had been doing so.

“The pressure comes from the highest levels [of government].”

Tulum hoteliers say there was no notification prior to the eviction orders being carried out, which was in violation of their right to a hearing, and a copy of the judicial order was not provided.

Not only were hoteliers, workers and tourists affected by the eviction but owner of ejido land as well.

Ejidatarios, or ejido owners, have asked for President Enrique Peña Nieto to intervene and stop what they also call a dispossession.

Source: El Universal (sp), SIPSE (sp)

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  • Beau

    Apparently the majority of the evicted business owners are foreigners.

    • Rebecca Jo

      That’s actually not true. There were a lot of Mexican as well as Mayan families that lost jobs and homes. A majority of the workers who no longer have jobs were local. The property owners are only a small percent of who was affected by this… and they are not all foreigners.

  • Governor Roberto Borge is a corrupt PIECE of shit and has been stealing land in tulum through out his term,, since he is on his way iam his just trying to steal as much a s he can…

    • Ron Danny

      12 Hotels seems a bit extreme…What happens to these Hotels now ?

  • Rob Mellors

    I think the easier question to ask is, “Are there actually any honest politicians, or officials, in Mexico?” Pareto’s law would say 20%. Is it that high, I wonder?

    • Dan Tucker

      About 20% high. . . .

      • Rob Mellors

        Ha, ha. Yea, I think I was a bit generous on that one!

    • Michael Hackett

      Are there any in the US? You people love to point at other countries, clean up your own.

      • Rob Mellors

        I wouldn’t know. I’m not from the USA. Mine’s actually pretty clean, but there’s always room for improvement everywhere.

  • Roberto REMAX TULUM

    Not endorsing one side or the other of a decades long legal battle, the truth is much more complex than shown on this piece of news. It would take hours and hundreds of pages just to make a timeline of events that bagan in the 1970’s.
    Terrible press for Tulum, Yes. Terrible losses for investors (some not so naive), Yes, Terrible loss for the workes, OH YES. Terrible image for the city, Yes. Sad, Yes.

    • Ron Danny

      What does this do to the growth in Tulum ? Thanks

      • Roberto REMAX TULUM

        Ron, Tulum will move on into the future. These eventes are only affecting a 3 mile strech of Coastal Property of about 50 Miles of Tulum Coastline that includes the National Park of Tulum, The Biosphere Reserve of Sian Kaan, The Riviera Maya Portion just North of Tulum and the Hotel area which is about 12 miles long, and has absolutely no effect on the City of Tulum, the Towns of Coba, Akumal, Macario Gomez, Muyil, Punta Allen and the many Cenotes and Jungle attractions.

        • Ron Danny

          Roberto, Thank You for the Reply- Much Appreciated.

    • Michael Hackett

      The term hotel can mean many things. Remember there isn’t much information here in this article.

    • Matt

      Roberto, Do you known if any of these properties were ex-patriot home owners or did that not matter.

  • Dan Tucker

    One word spells dome in any society these days — ¨oral¨ lease agreement. Written agreements in Mexico as suspect also, depending how much money you have and who you can buy. . . . .

    • Michael Hackett

      Oral lease anywhere in the world wont hold up. Proper real estate legal agreements will.

  • So…does this mean I should cancel my trip in October?

    • jon

      No, but stay at a family run hotel or air bnb

    • John D. Goy

      I vacation yearly to Mexico, specifically Cancun for over 20 years. Close to home, easy to get to, be as busy as you want or just lay on the beach, do nothing, a great place! They love americans and the exchange rate is the fantastic, your money goes farther. It is important when traveling to do your research on time of year and the type of property you are staying, including things like kids, energy level, all inclusive, a la cart, etc.

    • Steve Bigler

      Go on Vacay… but make is Cuba / Costa Rica / Belize instead!

    • Michael Hackett

      No – Your way into the future, wait and let it settle down.

  • Jr Bingamon

    This article is about mostly business owners being ripped off by corrupt politicians, BUT…….what about those trusting American nationals who retire to Mexico, can’t OWN property there so they sign a “99 year lease” instead, thinking that now they have an affordable home in Mexico until they die of old age. Tomorrow they may wake up to armed police rousting them out of their “mexican paradise”, confiscating their possessions and money, and leaving them in the street, or shooting them because they have the temerity to complain and/or resist, thinking that because they are AMERICANS, they have “rights” like they would have in America? DON’T CONTINUE TO BE FOOLED BY CHEAPER COST OF LIVING IN MEXICO. EVERYTHING YOU HAVE CAN BE TAKEN AWAY , AT ANY TIME, WITHOUT RECOURSE IN MEXICO. American “expats” living in Mexico should realize that they are no better than fragile glass “piggy banks” for any corrupt official that starts thinking he holds a hammer.

    • Michael Hackett

      Where do you live Jr? It doesn’t happen that easily these days. Why are you posting this is it out of your own fears or is it out of your own prejudices? Tell me again how safe the US is, when so many have lost their homes and savings to corruption called banks and government.

      • Steve Bigler

        He watches Fox news and became the sheep.

        • Michael Hackett

          Makes sense.

    • Steve Bigler

      And you are comparing it to “better”… where? IN the US? Where you can get arrested for collection rainwater?

      Build that wall… let me be on the southern side of it.

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