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Evicting a tenant

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:07 pmThe vast majority of lettings in Spain work well. The tenant pays on time and the landlord is earning money on his investment. However, on occasions, problems do develop and tenants in Spain can default on their rent or even damage property. Previously, there was limited power […]

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An optimistic outlook for landlords in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:07 pmLetting property in Spain can be a safe option.  However, our lawyers at Ábaco are well aware of the issues to do with paper work and legal regulations that can appear so obstructive to the course of justice. Systems in any country can be slow to change […]

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Looking after landlords in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:08 pmThe economic crisis in Spain has caused hardship for many people. There has been recent press coverage of the difficulties that mortgage holders and tenants in Spain have found themselves in when they have suffered a drop in income. It’s not just tenants who have found themselves […]

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Stay legal when letting Spanish property

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:08 pmIn the majority of cases, landlords and tenants in Spain get on well. They make mutually agreeable arrangements and both benefit from the business relationship. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work this way. Not all tenants in Spain are prompt with their rent and some landlords of Spanish […]

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What to do when your tenant defaults in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:08 pmLetting out Spanish property is perhaps more popular now than it ever has been before. Difficulties in selling property and uncertainty about the property market have led people to consider other options – letting out Spanish property being at the top of the list. It means you […]

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Legalising documents – the Apostille

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:09 pmIf you have property in Spain there is a chance that at some point you will be asked to provide a legalised version of an official document you have from your home country. In order to do this you will need to obtain the ‘Apostille’ of the […]

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Changing your status as a resident in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:09 pmThere are a number of official actions you need to take to achieve full Spanish residency. This doesn’t just include obtaining a civil residency but fiscal residency in Spain too. It is also important to make sure you complete the necessary paper work and inform authorities if […]

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Knowing your gestor from your abogado in Spain

Last updated on April 24th, 2020 at 04:22 pmWe might talk about legal advisers and executives, solicitors, barristers and lawyers. But there’s one professional in Spain who is even more difficult to pin down – the Spanish ‘gestor’. Many people who find themselves living in or visiting Spain frequently, have had some contact with the […]

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Clamp down on building work in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:10 pmHave you made any of these improvements to your Spanish property? built a shed enclosed your conservatory by installing windows built a conservatory built a swimming pool paved the patio increased the height of a wall installed solar panels If you have or if you’ve made any […]

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Cash limits on payments

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:10 pmAnti-Fraud Laws continue to make the Spanish news.  One of the most recently implemented measures is the cap on cash payments. At first glance, this can seem to be straight forward legislation that should not be hard to implement: Residents are no longer allowed to use cash […]

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Are you in possession of preference shares?

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:11 pmPreference shares are shares in a company which give their holders an entitlement to a fixed dividend but do not usually carry voting rights. They have made the headlines recently because of the number of clients complaining about the way in which they have been mis-sold. Those […]

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Were you misled by your bank?

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:11 pmThe banks have received a significant amount of bad press. This unwelcome attention is not confined to Spain. It perhaps comes as no surprise that banks are being held to account for some of the unprofessional ways they have tried to part customers from their money in […]

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Landlords and tenants in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:11 pmAs more and more people have found it difficult to sell their home but still need to move, the option to rent out their Spanish home has become the best alternative. However, it is not without its difficulties. Landlords come in all shapes and sizes and not […]

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Renewing a British passport in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:12 pmIf you become a resident of Spain, at some point you are going to have to renew your British passport. People can be tempted to take a short cut with renewing a passport in Spain. But you should be warned, giving it to someone else to take […]

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Extensions: closing in a balcony or terrace in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:12 pmProperty dimensions If you own a property in Spain you will possess a Purchase Title Deed. On this deed you will find a description of the property that includes the square metres of construction and of usable floor space. When it comes to balconies and terraces this […]

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Renting out your Spanish property

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:13 pmRental law in Spain and what it means for you Due to the current economic climate many Spanish property owners are considering renting out their property in Spain in order to generate a little income to cover their ownership expenses and pay for their trips to Spain. […]

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Demolition of Spanish houses

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:14 pmThere has been no shortage of publicity around the difficulties with illegal houses in Spain. There have been many sad cases that have hit the headlines of Spanish homes being demolished and with them, people’s dreams. There are stories behind each one of these cases. Properties still […]

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The Lawsuit in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:16 pmWhen buying in Spain your aim is probably to spend more time in the Spanish sun. The last thing you want is to spend time tussling with Spanish litigation in the form of a lawsuit instead. Unfortunately, sometimes discrepancies exist and there can be differences in interpretation […]

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Not quite perfect. Dealing with defects.

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:17 pmWhat happens when your dream home in Spain turns out to be not quite as perfect as you thought at first? What can you do when you spot defects in your new Spanish property? The good news is that there are laws to protect you from those […]

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Validation of legal documents in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:17 pmA Power of Attorney in Spain, called a ‘Poder Notarial’ in Spanish, is a document by which you name a trusted person to represent you in certain transactions. For example, you might have someone to represent you to enable: purchase of a property sale of a property […]

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Validation of legal documents

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:18 pmA Power of Attorney in Spain, called a ‘Poder Notarial’ in Spanish, is a document by which you name a trusted person to represent you in certain transactions. For example, you might have someone to represent you to enable: purchase of a property sale of a property […]

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