If you have bought a property off-plan, or are thinking of buying one, you need to be aware that the law in Spain changed in 2016 and this might affect you.
Building Regulation Law (Ley de Ordenación de la Edificación – LOE) came into force on 1 January 2016, and it introduced important changes for off-plan buyers.
Principally, it cuts the period within which those who have not yet taken possession of their property can reclaim their deposits from the promoters and banks which received them without providing the legally-required guarantees. Before 31 December 2015, Law 57/1968 of 27 July established a period of 15 years from the agreed delivery date for reclaiming a deposit for breach of contract (when the property was not handed over by the contracted date or when there was a significant delay in handing it over).
The right of entry and departure, free circulation, stay, residence, permanent residence and work in Spain for citizens of other EU nation states, and those states which are part of the European Economic Area, is regulated by Law Real Decreto 240/2007, of 16 February modified by Real Decreto 987/2015, of 30 October.
These rights apply to all members of your family regardless of their nationality if any of the following circumstances apply to them at the moment of application:
Once we have taken the decision to sell our second home, we ask our advisor how much tax we will have to pay on the profit or capital gain, assuming there is one. Indeed, in some cases the Ayuntamientos punish taxpayers (i.e. vendors) with an unexpected and excessive municipal tax on a non-existent gain when the vendors are selling their property for the same price they paid for it years previously.
Well, now the Spanish Constitutional Court has put an end to this practice in a recent ruling.
The Constitutional Court partly annuls the Municipal Plusvalía regulation.