Legal Matters

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

Business 1

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?

Feature 2

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 […]

Buying property in the Canaries


THIS is a kind of dictionary connected to the purchase of a property in theCanary Islands. You can find a lot of information on the internet relating to this subject but sometimes, although the facts are correct, there are many things to bear in mind. Normally, there are lots of legal steps to be carried […]

Problems facing home defaulters

Business 1

I HAVE received numerous emails since my last column, and this one caught my eye especially. That’s because the situation has been happening all over theIslandthanks to the perilous financial predicament many of you are experiencing. Dear Mariano, I bought a property in 2007, with a mortgage, in Fuerteventura. It is not my family home. […]

Inheritance tax is back

Business 1

In previous columns, I have spoken about the Spanish Inheritance Tax and its exemption within the Canary Island Autonomous Community (from 2008) for residents. The Canarian Government has now reinstated the Inheritance Tax and Gift Tax, so it is a good time to remind you just what these taxes are, and how they are regulated. […]

Complexities of Mortgage Law

Business 1

IN these days of austerity, more and more people are handing in the keys to their homes to the banks which lent them the money to purchase them. The name in Spanish is “Dación en Pago” (lieu of payment), which means cancellation of the debt. The debtor provides a service to the creditor, substituting the […]

Spanish PM congratulates new French leader


Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s Conservative leader, has publicly congratulated French Socialist Francois Hollande, following his successful bid for the presidency. His message, issued by the Prime Minister’s office, states his belief that a, “Fruitful, bilateral and European relationship will develop, which will be to the advantage of the Spanish-French friendship.” Rajoy, whose spending cuts […]

More about Tourism Law

Business 1

I AM returning to the Tourism Law regarding letting agreements, having received many emails from people concerned about the matter of (fines and penalties etc. I have most of them, and have found that there is a common pattern in all of them. I have chosen one email which, I consider, would be helpful for […]

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