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New law affects home improvements

Did you know that all changes made to your home, however small, need approval from the town hall in Spain? If you go ahead without the proper permission you may have to go through a process of having it legalised. Alternatively, you might even have to restore it to its original state if legalisation’s not […]

Improve your property, but legally

Perhaps you’ve got your eye on a bargain, or it’s just time to make some changes to your house in Spain. It’s a good time to refurbish property, just make sure that the Town Hall know what you’re doing too. Jessica Martínez, from our Legal Department, tells us there is no doubt that you can […]

Obtaining a building permit

Unfortunately there are less-than-scrupulous builders who will claim they have obtained a building permit on your behalf, when, in fact, they have not. Having the correct building licences is, ultimately, your responsibility. In this article we explain how to make sure your reformed or extended property is legal.

Tougher laws on home improvements in Spain

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 everything else such as adding a balustrade or an […]

Keeping your home improvements legal

Once you have a property in Spain, it is likely that you will find some improvements you want to make to it. Perhaps a new patio, a conservatory or a lick of paint.  If you look at an older urbanisation in Spain it can be surprising to think that the houses ever looked the same. […]

Swimming pools in Spain

They look lovely and inviting, particularly in summer. However, having a swimming pool in Spain also brings with it some responsibilities. They need upkeep throughout the year and their maintenance can be particularly heavy during the summer season. If you live on an urbanisation where there is a shared pool this removes some of the individual responsibility […]

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 […]

Home improvement in Spain

It can be a good alternative if you just need more room or some additional facilities. A Spanish property extension can be a good option if there is a new member of the family or the visitors are getting under your feet. In some of the urbanisations local to our offices it can be difficult […]

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 […]