Author Archives: Patrick Vine

About Patrick Vine

I am a Englishman living and working in Spain as a property consultant dealing with the technical and legal aspects faceing the expat communities living in the south Alicante & north Murcia areas. I am married to a wonderfull Spanish girl called Inés and have 3 children. Jessica, Rubén & Joshua.

The new last will law

Information regarding the new Last Will law in Spain. Following the new European Law, the Probate proceeding will change on the 17/08/2015. FIRSTLY THIS ONLY APPLIES TO RESIDENTS OF SPAIN. Please ignore law firms who contact you suggesting you change … Continue reading

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Non Residence Tax.

NON RESIDENT TAX RETURNS – if you are a non-resident of Spain then it is that time of year to pay a small tax return by the 31st December for any property owned in the year last year. If you … Continue reading

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Helping 3 kids in India

Giving an education to these kids breaks the poverty on there families and transforms their lives. Without an education they can only get some employment in the fields and never be able get out of that vicious circle of poverty. … Continue reading

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Energy Proficiency Certificate questions.

Recently I have had a number of people ask me if the Energy Proficiency certificate needs to be Visado.  The answer to this is no, it is not required by law any notary or land registry will verify this to … Continue reading

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Energy Performance Certificates: Fully registered EPC Provider

The spanish government recently passed a bill that will require all existing homes in Spain that are for sale or rent to have an “energy performance certificate” from the 1st of June 2013. Once the new regulations have come into … Continue reading

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OMIC, The Spanish Ombudsman.

In the town hall of most towns you will find a Ombudsman. The office or post where he is situated is called the Municipal Office of Consumer Information (OMIC). They are independent legal councilors in each municipality and have the … Continue reading

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Cheap rate electricity and hour change.

The hour went forward o last night 30th of March at 2am. If you have a distinction rate contract with iberdrola then the cheap rate electricity comes on at 11pm until 1pm the next day. The more expensive rate is … Continue reading

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