PROPERTY - LEGAL SERVICES
It is our policy to meet the needs of our clients regarding the legality of your property and all documentation involved. Together with our Professional Team of Lawyers, Engineers & Architects, we are able to offer you Legal Advice, Consultation & Solutions. Failure to have the legality of your property papers checked and updated could result in a lost sale! Please find below an overview of our professional services we are offering:
- Proof of Escritura / Title Deeds) if your property is completely legal
- Proof if your Escritura includes Pool, Extentions, Garage, etc.
- Proof if your Property is registered with the Property Registry & Catastro
- Proof of IBI (Council) tax payments & if registered in your name
- Legalization of Buildings, Extentions, Pool, Garage, etc.
- Proof if Land Boundaries are correct. Fixing of Land Boundaries
- Two Houses on one plot? Require Escritura for each House
- Updating House and Land at the Property Register and Catastro
- Issuing of official Certificate of Catastro (Size & Boundaries of Plot)
- Land measurement by GPS (incl. plan & coordinates of boundaries)
- Building License & Project to extend your house or to build a pool
- Legal Advice & Representation when Buying Property in Spain
Escritura, Property Register & Catastro (Land Register)
A property in Spain must have an Escritura to be legal, and to be registered with the Property Registry and Catastro (Land Registry). In the past it was not necessary to include pool, garage, and outbuildings in the Escritura, but as the property law has now changed, some properties will not now fulfil the legal criteria, and therefore cannot be sold until updated at the Land Registry and / or the Catastro. The cadastral description of real estate shall include its physical, economic and legal characteristics, including location and cadastral reference, surface area, type of land, graphic representation, cadastral value and cadastral titleholder. Our professional team are here to help you. Contact us for a 1-to-1 consultation.
IBI (Council) Tax
The IBI tax (Impuesto sobre bienes Inmuebles) is a local tax to be paid by the owner of a Spanish property, either annually or every six months to the Town Council where the property is situated. The tax demand is often sent to you through the post and it remains your responsibility to pay it in a given time frame. The most convenient way to deal with payment of the IBI tax is by direct debit through your bank, or visit the local tax office (called SUMA) and pay it directly. The IBI tax receipt is required by law in any property sale, as a proof of payment for the previous years. If you sell your property without having paid this tax, the new owner will become liable for back taxes as well as for fines for late payment.
IBI Tax bill for a property I don't own!
This is an issue which affect many property owners in Spain, by paying IBI tax for someone else, or the bills are still in the name of the previous owner. If you find yourself in this situation, contact us and we will help to rectify this matter. For more information visit our News/Blog
Topographic Land Survey
A boundary survey establishes the true property corners and property lines of a parcel of land. Boundary surveys are typically performed to obtain building permits, to resolve property disputes, and for erecting fences. Easement lines may also be located, if requested, with this type of survey. GPS Land Surveying provides one of the most modern and up to date surveying techniques available. This involves the production of data & maps which are true to scale. Our surveyors are experienced in carrying out small/medium topographic surveys for property owners and developers, utility companies to larger surveys for proposed roads and motorways, river surveys and other major projects. Cadastral Surveying determines and defines land ownership, size and boundaries. Having a land survey for any seller or first buyer is important, as this will avoid any problems later on when doing home improvements, extention work, outbuildings, by being built on your neighbours or someone else's land you do not legally own.
Overview of topographic services:
- Surveys when buying & selling of property
- GPS navigation and surveys
- Segregation of Land
- Surveys of routes, high-ways & infrastructure
- Industrial measurements; 3D Modelling
- Deformations monitoring and analysis
- Volume calculations
- Building applications
- Survey of facades & architecture
- Surveys of sewer systems and infrastructures
- Appraisal of real estate
- General topographic support
With access to the latest GPS technology, we offer all aspects of GPS surveys, whether it is a simply measurement on a small site or larger projects. The description and services on this website are limited only to property owners, and first time buyers.
Boundary Survey is a survey to establish or re-establish the boundaries or limits of a property, can be identified by records commonly referred to as a Boundary Survey. This type of survey will not only identify the location of the boundary, but will also disclose discrepancies that may exist between the recorded description of the property and that of the adjoining properties.
A title survey is the type of survey usually required for a real estate transaction. In this case a new boundary survey is essential.
Residential Plot Survey
Residential Plot Survey is a combination of boundary and topographic surveys for preparation of a site plan, to be used for designing improvements or developments and obtaining local building permits.
Land Survey & Catastro (Land Register) Services
We are offering various Service Packs, which are including topographic survey of your plot of land in case of irregularities with the Catastro or boundary disputes with neighbours, updating service at the Catastro or Notary, correction of boundary lines, and more. For more details please click here.
Escritura & Property Register Services
If you are planning to purchase or sell a property in Spain, we will ensure that the Escritura is registered with the Property Register, and that the Nota Simple report corresponds with what is stated in the Escritura, that it is free of debt and the property belongs to the seller. In case of irregularities in your Escritura, Nota Simple or Catastro, we will do all necessary work involved, to have your property papers brought up-to-date. Another important issue is the IBI (council) tax payment. As the owner of a Spanish property, it is necessary for you to pay your IBI tax, otherwise you will not be able to sell your property, and you will also incur a fine. For more information and the services we are offering please click here.
For more information on taxes, news and FAQs related to property, please read also our News / Blog.