Spain Explained

A guide for foreigners on every aspect of safe property ownership in Spain

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What to do when your tenant defaults in Spain

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 you have an income that might perhaps help pay […]

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Legalising documents – the Apostille

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 the Hague Convention. The Apostille came to be because […]

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Changing your status as a resident in Spain

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 if you decide to return to your native country. […]

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Knowing your gestor from your abogado in Spain

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 the multi-talented ‘gestor’. It might have been to sort […]

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Clamp down on building work in Spain

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 any other minor changes to the exterior of your […]

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Cash limits on payments

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 cash to pay for items or services over €2,500 […]

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Are you in possession of preference shares?

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. Those who acquired these shares, later realised that they […]

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Were you misled by your bank?

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 in the past. Individuals are increasingly realising that the […]

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Landlords and tenants in Spain

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 not all have met their legal obligations. Tenants can […]

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Renewing a British passport in Spain

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 take back to Britain to send off is, in […]

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Extensions: closing in a balcony or terrace in Spain

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 this is slightly different with only 50% of the […]

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Renting out your Spanish property

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 Spain. In this article we look at what some […]

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Demolition of Spanish houses

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 still exist that were built without the necessary planning […]

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The Lawsuit in Spain

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 interpretation of the contents of the private purchase contract. […]

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Not quite perfect. Dealing with defects.

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 those annoying little, and large, problems with your home […]

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Validation of legal documents in Spain

A 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 distribution of inheritance obtaining a Spanish NIE number […]

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Validation of legal documents

A 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 distribution of inheritance obtaining a Spanish NIE number). […]

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