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I am a Spanish lawyer based in South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

My law practice covers the following areas of the Spanish law: international law, litigation and disputes related to foreign investments, property and business law, inheritance and family matters.

Functions of lawyerI have more than 25 years experience.

I am a member of the Tenerife Law Society (number 1685, Colegio de Abogados de Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

The blog section on this front page contains posts summarizing information, advice, legal judgments, news, and legislation in Spain of interest to English-speaking readers.

You may find more detailed information about these subjects in my specialized websites:

The Legal Information Hub (LIH)

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HOLIDAY RENTALS

fTourism 3D cube Word Cloud ConceptThe question is: Can I rent my apartment for weekly holiday lets in the Canaries? 

Weekly rental via advertising (internet, press, estate and travel agencies, etc) is considered as a commercial rental or use other than residential, and this activity falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Canarian Government, for which reason it is regulated by regional legislation.

Before privately offering an apartment as touristic accommodation you must be aware that Canarian law imposes heavy financial penalties for this type of tourism operation when it is carried out illegally.  Continue reading “HOLIDAY RENTALS”

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GUIDE TO RENTING PROPERTY IN SPAIN

2639730d-e4b6-4a40-81ab-4a5b3970d7fbIt might seem obvious, but the first thing to be aware of is that rentals in Spain are legislated differently to the way they are regulated in other countries. Never assume that the way you rent your property and the contracts that you use in your country are valid in Spain. Continue reading “GUIDE TO RENTING PROPERTY IN SPAIN”

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DISSOLUTION OF JOINT OWNERSHIP

cute 3d guy is in conflict ("Happyman" series)Quite often we get enquiries from someone who has bought a second home in Spain with their partner, friends or family, and who for various reasons cannot or does not want to continue with their co-ownership.

Spain’s legal system offers a judicial solution for those cases where one of the co-owners refuses to sell given that no-one is obliged to continue in joint ownership: the wish of one co-owner to sell obliges the fellow owners to sell as well.
Here we look at two solutions to this problem. Continue reading “DISSOLUTION OF JOINT OWNERSHIP”

SUMMARY OF THE MEASURES WHICH MAY AFFECT RESIDENTS OF SPAIN

The Spanish budget for 2018 was meant to have been approved in September 2017, but due to political instability in Spain and the lack of sufficient support to pass the budget, it had to be postponed.  With no 2018 budget confirmed at the start of the year, the 2017 budget was automatically extended until the new one could be approved. Continue reading “SUMMARY OF THE MEASURES WHICH MAY AFFECT RESIDENTS OF SPAIN”

CHANGES IN TOURIST LAWS TO COME

According to the draft of the new regulation of holiday rentals in Canary Islands, owners can rent their property to tourists if it meets these criteria:

Compliance Rules Regulations Guidelines Arrow Signs Diagram

– The property must be in an area defined as RESIDENTIAL (or consolidated residential area within a Tourist area, and not forbidden in municipal urban planning). Continue reading “CHANGES IN TOURIST LAWS TO COME”

COMMUNITY – Governing bodies and owner representation: Questions and answers (II)

THE FUNCTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF A COMMUNITY

The president must be an owner or the appointment will be null and void. A limited company can be appointed. The president is the person or body who represents the community  externally, and its most important individual, such that the other members of the community especially the secretary  and administrator, are required to carry out his/her administrative orders and instructions, though this does not empower him to dismiss anyone, nor to take legal action or file claims, sack employees and approve works, without  approval of the community. Continue reading “COMMUNITY – Governing bodies and owner representation: Questions and answers (II)”

COMMUNITY – Obligations of owners: Questions and answers (I)  

In this article we consider issues frequently of concern to new owners of a property in a building or complex subject to Horizontal Property rules and about which misunderstandings often cause problems with their new neighbours. Continue reading “COMMUNITY – Obligations of owners: Questions and answers (I)  “