Legal Matters


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By Mariano Zunino Siri HERE is an extract from an email sent by one of our readers: “I have been reading your article concerning Community Fees. I think people need to be told of the corrupt manner in which a lot of communities are being run, and the difficulties people have to change the procedure. […]

Community of Owners: Quotas

Local 23

BACK to the Community of Owners issue – I have received many queries relating to this topic – and this week I am referring to the quota (percentage of your property in the building). The quotas are often called “mensualidad”, which are monthly payments, although they can be bi-monthly, or quarterly, according to the Statutes […]


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COMMUNITY OF OWNERS WE are back with more letters and readers’ questions, and I have selected one (although I am replying privately to everyone). Hello Mariano. Briefly, could a legal challenge be made which would overturn voting at successive AGMs which were carried through by votes that should not have been allowed due to Community […]

Seasonal and tourism rental

Local 7

MANY letters I receive refer to the issues of  “holiday rental” or “touristic rental” (alquiler turístico). I have written in previous articles about these type of contracts (letting agreements subject to Tourism Law). I will return to this topic in future columns, but for now, I consider it interesting to discuss the difference between “seasonal […]

Not the tastiest dish!


I HAVE received several letters with reference to the Community of Owners` issue. I will try to reply to them (I have written privately) through this column. Thanks to all Canarian Weekly readers. Subject: Parabolic in private area Please can you advise on a problem which I am sure affects not only ourselves but other […]

Help, I have noisy neighbours 

Local 16

I HAVE received several letters from readers about my column on the Community of Owners, and this week I am replying some of them. I enjoyed your article on the community owners’ duties. Could you please expand on this? What, for example, happens if the property is not registered with the tourist rental community? Is […]

Community of Owners

Local 16

ALTHOUGH I have written about this in previous columns, I feel it is a good idea to clarify some points. I am aware that many readers are still confused about some terms and legalities of the Community of Owners. Any property in Spain in a building is included in the Horizontal Division Law, which means […]

Autonomous communities

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A READER has asked me why there are different laws within the Spanish territory, such as National Laws and Autonomous Community Laws, (without taking into account European Law) and how can we distinguish each one. To outline this in a column is a challenge, but I will try to explain this by summarising the Spanish […]

Vagaries of Spanish Wills

Local 14

THE Editor has received an email with a situation that involves many English people granted Spanish Wills. I agree with Roscoe (Editor) that it could be interesting to include the matter in this column, so I am reproducing the email and give my opinion afterwards. Dear Editor. A number of years ago, my husband and […]

Tourist rental laws: Fact or fiction?

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THE year was 2012. Owners of tourist apartments on “UtopiaIsland” were closely monitoring the legal situation regarding the rental of their properties to tourists following years of systematic persecution by the tourist authorities. Fear and uncertainty was rife. Everyone agreed that something had to be done about the “unfair” and “monopolistic” laws restricting how properties […]

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