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A new urban law that affects rustic properties

Did you know that even minor home improvements and refurbishments need planning permission in Spain? The town hall must give a licence for work to go ahead or you risk a hefty financial penalty. In this article we explain about building licences and what you can do if they’re missing. You need permission whether it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]