The process of buying or selling a property in Spain can be straightforward if you have the right legal advice.
When buying a property in Spain, the purchase is not signed at a solicitor’s office but instead it is signed in front of a Notary that witnesses and protocolises the private contract. Without that, the purchase has no validity and the property cannot be registered under the buyer´s name without it.
You can sign a power of attorney granting us powers to complete all the steps without you having to be physically present in Spain, acting on your behalf.
We provide an exclusive and very personal legal service; all our communication will be done in Spanish and English and we can guarantee you will not regret contracting us.
If you are buying a property in Spain, we will be checking the seller’s title deeds (whether it is registered under his name and free of any mortgages, encumbrances, or other charges, so the property is purchased free of liabilities). We also need to investigate any urban planning and public coastal domain conditions. If the property you are buying is under construction, we check off plan payments, vendor’s or promotor’s bank guarantees; our lawyers in Spain can also deal with the builder, architect, and planner if necessary.
Our lawyers in the UK can assist with obtaining the N.I.E. at the competent Spanish Consulate for you. We can also assist you with a mortgage application in Spain if you need it to.
After the Deed is signed before the Notary, we will deal with the payment of taxes, take the Deed to the Land Registry to be registered under your name if you are the buyer of the property in Spain. Afterwards, we will contract and arrange the direct debit of all the essential services,such as water, electricity and council taxes under your name, will provide you with copies of any relevant documents, and explain all your liabilities as a new foreign owner of a property in Spain.
Whenever buying a property in Spain and becoming a property owner, there are other relevant professional legal services that you may wish to consider, such as making a Spanish Will.
Regarding selling a property in Spain, we will advise you about the potential capital gains taxes and deal with the necessary tax authorities.