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Navigating the planning rules in Spain

We Brits often have a love hate relationship with the Mediterranean climate.  We love the sun, but we are often not so keen on the heat.  Blue skies cheer us up, but the antidote to the warm side effect of the blazing sun is a lovely blue pool to dive into when the thermometer seems as if it is about to burst.  In fact, a pool is almost always an essential requirement of anyone buying a property on or near the Spanish coast.  

If you buy on a development then there will always be a communal pool, but if you are considering purchasing a detached house on a plot, then you will be broadening your options if you consider building your own pool, whether because no pool has been built at a house that you fancy, or because the pool already built there is not exactly what you were after.  While building a whole house from scratch is a bit of a task in Spain, even for a native Spaniard, building a pool is not quite as onerous and is far less likely to go wrong.

Last updated: 16 November 2017

Communities of Property Owners - All you need to know

When buying an apartment in Spain, or a house which forms part of a development, you will often hear talk of a “Communidad de Propietarios” or “Community of Property Owners” and the service charges that can form part of the running costs of owning a property in Spain.  What is this mysterious “community”? And how does it impact upon you as a property owner in Spain?

Last updated: 16 November 2017

How to avoid Spanish tax nightmares

It is natural for anyone to want to pay less tax.  This is so whether in relation to income, capital gains, inheritance, or any other taxable amount.  At home in the UK we tend to take the advice of qualified accountants, or tax lawyers, who guide us as to the most effective method of calculating our dues without paying more than we are obliged to pay.

Outside of the UK we may be tempted to throw caution to the wind and take whatever route appears to be the cheapest, if at least someone who seems to know what they are talking about, suggests it to us.  In Spain, that is certainly something that happens all too frequently.

In Spain there are three principal circumstances in which people try to save tax in ways that are either unlawful, potentially prejudicial, or both.

Last updated: 16 November 2017

A Place in the Sun Live - London, 5-7 May 2017

E&G Solicitors in Spain is delighted to announce that we will once again be exhibiting at A Place in the Sun Live this May at Kensington Olympia, London.  

We are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with the biggest overseas property exhibition in Europe and look forward to meeting people looking to realise their dream of acquiring a place in the sun.  

Last updated: 3 April 2017

Why it's essential to use an independent Spanish lawyer when buying your place in Spain

Almost anyone who purchases a property in England or Wales will entrust the legal aspects of the transaction to a solicitor, either a specialist conveyancer, or a general practitioner, but in any event a qualified independent legal adviser protecting the interests of the purchaser.  Only people with previous experience of property purchases and considerable knowledge of property law ought to contemplate handling their own transactions and even then it makes little sense to do.  That is because by engaging a solicitor not only should you be guaranteed that the purchase will be handled competently, but if a professional adviser makes an error that causes the purchaser damages, there ought to be a professional indemnity insurance policy to cover the loss.

The same principle applies to buying a property in Spain.  Before you make any payment either to a seller or to an estate agent you need to engage an independent Spanish lawyer to advise and assist you in respect of the purchase.  If you make any payment before you have received advice then you risk losing the money paid if you do not proceed.  In England or Wales you would not make any payment to an estate agent to ensure that the property is taken off the market.  In fact, you would be extremely surprised if an estate agent asked you for a payment.  

 
Last updated: 16 November 2017

The true cost of being a homeowner in Spain

The costs of buying a property in Spain have been well documented.  What many people fail to consider in the excitement of buying their dream home in the sun are the costs of being a property owner.  The key to avoiding surprises is to make sure that your independent Spanish lawyer advises you of the estimated running costs before you commit to purchasing a property.  

Here, we guide you through the costs of owning a property in Spain, and the expenses you can expect to encounter in running your Spanish home. 

Last updated: 16 November 2017

Moving to Spain After Brexit

Many Brits buy property in Spain with the intent to move to Spain, or to retire to Spain, but the Brexit vote has left the possibility of moving to Spain after Brexit up in the air for many.  Of the many issues for Brits to consider as a result of the Brexit vote is their on-going right to spend time in Spain, whether on holiday, simply without working, in retirement, as a base from which to run a business, or for any other reason.

Spanish immigration rules currently provide for people from countries outside of the EU to apply for permission to reside in Spain for one of a number of reasons.  It follows that whatever terms the UK government manages to negotiate  after Brexit, it will still be possible to for Brits to continue to spend short or extended periods in Spain provided they comply with the rules.

Hence, this article will seek to demonstrate to the reader what may be necessary in order to continue, or to begin, living in Spain in the worst case scenario.   It is not accurate as to the position currently for UK citizens.  Neither does it purport to foresee what the UK government may negotiate with the EU, or with Spain on a bilateral basis.

Last updated: 16 November 2017

Buying property in Spain after Brexit

The results of the Brexit vote have left many wondering what the future will bring.  One of the questions we have been asked most frequently in recent weeks is “what will be different about buying property in Spain after Brexit?”   

We set out our thoughts on how Brexit will affect those Brits who are already property owners in Spain in a previous article, which you can find here.  In this article we consider life after Brexit for those still thinking about buying property in Spain.  
Last updated: 16 November 2017

Reclaim of deposits for off-plan properties in Spain

For many who attempted to purchase property off-plan in Spain and who found that the property was not completed, it has been an uphill struggle to reclaim deposits paid to developers.  This year new hope emerged for those affected when the Spanish government applied a law to allow investors to reclaim deposits for unbuilt off-plan properties in Spain.  

Here we take you through the background to the law regulating deposits paid for off-plan properties in Spain.  We also analyse why some investors found themselves in difficulties following the economic downturn.  Finally we explain the current position when it comes to reclaiming deposits paid for unbuilt off-plan properties in Spain.  

 
Last updated: 27 September 2016

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I wanted to make sure everything was done properly and my interests protected. E&G Solicitors in Spain handled everything once I decided on the property. Communication was very good and very prompt, in person, by email and over the phone. I think the service was beyond expectations, even following up on my case over a year after the purchase to ensure everything was in order.

Lene Ostergaard, Denmark

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