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Making a police report (denuncia) in Spain

Last updated on February 25th, 2020 at 03:18 pm. Making a denuncia is an important part of the law and order system in Spain. In this article, David Ruiz tells us more about them. Having to report an event (or someone) to the police is something that nearly all of us have to do at […]

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New traffic laws in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:03 pm. Whether new traffic laws in Spain are designed to make the roads safer or increase revenue for the traffic department, will always be debated. Whatever your conclusion the new raft of legislation aimed at road users is going to keep trafico busy for the foreseeable future. […]

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Drugs and prostitution and other tax reforms in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:04 pm. The debate over whether prostitution and soft drug use in Spain should be legalised has continued for centuries. Who would have thought it would be the taxman who would start to get involved. It is now being suggested by the Organisation of Tax Inspectorsthat the debate […]

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The new driving laws in Spain you should be aware of

Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:31 am. It can be difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t be doing when it comes to driving in Spain. New laws are adding further to the confusion. Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Seguridad Vial 339/ 1990  came […]

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Tougher laws on home improvements in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:04 pm. The laws in Spain around extensions, refurbishment and home improvements are strict. All changes you might make to your home need approval from the town hall. Home improvements in Spain fall into two categories: Major works e.g. building an extension, conservatory or swimming pool Minor work […]

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Tax, Tea and Travel

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:07 pm. It is perhaps an unusual combination, but we know that talking tax isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Talking tax and travel in our offices During the month of March we are inviting people into our offices to find out more about resident taxes. To make it […]

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Evicting a tenant

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:07 pm. The 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 […]

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An optimistic outlook for landlords in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:07 pm. Letting 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 […]

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Looking after landlords in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:08 pm. The 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 […]

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Stay legal when letting Spanish property

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:08 pm. In 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 […]

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What to do when your tenant defaults in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:08 pm. Letting 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 […]

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Legalising documents – the Apostille

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:09 pm. If 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 […]

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Changing your status as a resident in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:09 pm. There 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 […]

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Knowing your gestor from your abogado in Spain

Last updated on April 24th, 2020 at 04:22 pm. We 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 […]

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Clamp down on building work in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:10 pm. Have 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 […]

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Are you in possession of preference shares?

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:11 pm. Preference 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. […]

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Cash limits on payments

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:10 pm. Anti-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 […]

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Were you misled by your bank?

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:11 pm. The 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 […]

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Landlords and tenants in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:11 pm. As 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 […]

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Renewing a British passport in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:12 pm. If 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 […]

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Extensions: closing in a balcony or terrace in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:12 pm. Property 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 […]

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Renting out your Spanish property

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:13 pm. Rental 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 […]

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Demolition of Spanish houses

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:14 pm. There 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 […]

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The Lawsuit in Spain

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:16 pm. When 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 […]

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Not quite perfect. Dealing with defects.

Last updated on October 28th, 2019 at 05:17 pm. What 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 […]

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