Jun 102012
Good news for Spanish property buyers

A very interesting piece of legislation has been recently passed that greatly favours buyers of Spanish property.  This is a temporary reduction in Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and is something that may well benefit buyers of Spanish property in the coming years – particularly if they have (or can) pick up a bargain this year. The Spanish government has said that anyone who buys an urbano property in Spain between 12th May 2012 and the […]

May 292012
How to buy Spanish property and move to Spain – safely!

  I am delighted to say that my book ‘How to Buy Spanish Property and Move to Spain – Safely!’ is now finally available on Kindle. The book has been very well reviewed, as you can see, by a whole series of professionals, all of whom know Spain intimately:  “…really informative and up to date…” Liz Rowlinson, A Place in the Sun “…required reading…”     Martin Dell, Kyero.com “…it’s like the “moving to Spain Bible…”     Justin Aldridge, EyeonSpain.com “…invaluable…”     Jack […]

Dec 152011
Spanish tax liability on holiday homes in Spain

Did you know that if you have a holiday home in Spain that you are liable to pay an annual tax and that you must file a tax return, every year, with the Spanish authorities?  In fact, you are liable to pay two different annual taxes in Spain on your Spanish property – to be strictly accurate. Almost everyone knows that they are liable to pay Spanish rates (IBI – Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles) on […]

Nov 072011
Death in Spain

I was sent a poignant article yesterday from a Spanish friend of mine, which I think makes the current economic crisis in Spain all the sadder.  Evidently, the general shortage of money amongst most people here has meant that markedly fewer flowers are being left on graves on All Saints’ Day (1st November every year). All Saints’ Day in Spain is a national holiday and notable for immaculately dressed Spaniards, laden with flowers, visiting the […]

Sep 242011
New book about Spain, buying property in Spain and moving to Spain

I am delighted to report that my book ‘How to Buy Spanish Property and Move to Spain – Safely’ has just been published in print form, as well as being now available on Kindle and as an e-book.  In fact, I received my first copies yesterday, which is always a nerve wracking moment for an author (does the cover look alright – are there any hidden errors etc.?).  However, it looks good and should do […]

Sep 202011
Tax in Spain, Spanish teacher's strike and temporary work contracts in Spain

The past few days in Spain have seen some interesting responses to the present economic crisis in Spain including the revival of the wealth tax in Spain.  Meanwhile, in some areas, there is a teacher’s strike in Spain with educators (amazingly!) complaining about an increase in their current working hours.  Finally, temporary work contracts in Spain are being made unlimited (as opposed to the previous existing obligation for an employer to employ a worker full […]

Aug 192011
Spanish government drops purchase tax on new Spanish properties

In an interesting development today the Spanish government have said that they are going to halve the purchase tax in Spain for newly built Spanish properties.  Currently purchase tax in Spain for new builds is 8% but this will now be dropped to 4%.  Meanwhile, purchase tax in Spain for re-sale properties in Spain will remain at 7% Needless to say, this is an attempt by the Spanish government to encourage sales of new builds […]

Jul 222009
Buying Spanish property in the wrong location

Stressing the importance of ‘location’ has become an unwelcome cliché. However, it cannot be stressed often enough – as it will define your future life absolutely. If you make a mistake with your choice of location within Spain then it may terminally harm your dreams of a new life and lead to a rapid and embarrassing retreat to the UK. Alternatively, if you decide to move again within Spain then it is bound to be […]

Jul 222009
Letting Spanish property, dos and don'ts

Letting Spanish property is not always as simple and straightforward as it may seem.  Indeed, one problem to letting Spanish property is that being properly registered can be an expensive process. If you are resident in Spain then you will have to become Spanish tax resident and register your letting business. This will involve inevitably the help of a lawyer (abogado) or tax consultant (asesor fiscal) and result in: – A possible formal inspection of […]