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Refurbishing your Spanish property

Casa en obras

‘Doing up’ your property can be a good alternative to selling. Rather than spending money on upsizing or downsizing, you put extra capital into making your existing premises more suitable. However, you should be aware that even minor adjustments to your property need permission from the Town Hall.

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat | Read More »

How to complain in Spain

Hojas de reclamaciones

Did you know that every business or retail premises in Spain must have a consumer complaints form? It’s called the ‘hoja de reclamaciones’ and is required by law. Even just asking for it can see the object of your complaint addressed as they realise that you mean business.

April 13th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Spanish property auctions

Spanish property auction

With the current sluggishness in the Spanish real estate market, people are turning to house auctions as one means of moving their property more quickly. Equally, for those looking for a bargain they can guarantee that those placing their house for sale are keen to sell. Of course, reserve prices remain but you know you’re not going to spend weeks negotiating or not hearing at all.

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Who’s who in the Spanish property buying minefield

Apartment for sale in Madrid

The problems that some expats have had with buying homes in Spain continue to make headlines. The Spanish legal and fiscal system can be a minefield for those who don’t understand it. In fact, it can be a minefield for those who do.

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

An important decision – making your will

Wills in Spain

The need to make a will is obvious to most people. The decision to get up and do it is often harder to achieve. When you make that decision to make a will in Spain, make sure you have done your research. Inheritance tax is a much bigger issue here than in the UK and your relationship to inheritors and whether they are resident or non-resident makes a big difference.

March 15th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Avoiding double taxation in Spain

Must of us aren’t too keen on paying tax once, let alone twice. So it’s a good thing that Spain has a double taxation agreement with many countries. This means that two countries agree that you only have to pay tax in one of them. But when should you change over? Once you have lived in Spain for more than 183 days then you should pay your taxes in Spain.

March 9th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

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