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News and information from Spain
International Edition - August 2019
Welcome to the August issue of 'The Word on the Street'. This is your monthly news and information from Spain provided by Ábaco Advisers. We hope to keep you in touch with the news, events and just a little bit of gossip.
Thinking of buying or selling property in Spain?

If you’re looking for advice then we are only too happy to help. Ábaco’s free conveyancing consultation can take place by telephone, skype or face-to-face in our offices in Torrevieja and Alicante. Alternatively you can message any questions you have and we will answer as quickly as possible. To find out more about the different opportunities there are to have your questions answered see our article:

Home improvements – keeping it legal

Are you thinking about extending your property, building a swimming pool or even just changing your kitchen? In Spain, you need to have licences to carry out even some minor works that you would not need permission for in your own country. New laws are now making it even more important to ensure that your property has all the correct licences in place.

Read about the new laws and how they might affect you:

In this Youtube video you can listen to our explanation of how to make sure that home improvements are legal:

Should I make a will in Spain?

Whether you are a resident or a non-resident, there are advantages to you making a Spanish will. In this article we explain what the benefits are and why taking this action now can make it easier for your inheritors when the time comes:

After Brexit

What can British people expect if they decide they would like to live in Spain after Brexit? The short answer is nobody knows! There is plenty of speculation but, as David Ruiz points out in this article, even those in power and legal and tax experts don’t really know what will happen. He warns us not to listen to the advice of people with no qualification to give it.

What David makes clear is that whatever happens afer Brexit, obtaining residency will never be any easier than it is now. So, if you are living in Spain, the advice goes, take control and ensure that you have the correct paperwork in place now:

Torrevieja in the news

And it’s for a good reason! Torrevieja played host to the beginning of La Vuelta, the Spanish equivalent of the Tour de France cycle race. It’s an international event and there had been some disagreements about where the start line should be. Finally it was decided that it would set off from the salt mountains, providing a good opportunity to show the world this unusual feature of the seaside town.

You can see the start and the salt mountain back drop here:

Time to dream?

Well at least for most of us. The Spanish property site ‘Idealista’ has published its research into the ten most expensive streets in Spain. As you might expect, what we’re really looking at here are the ten streets containing the most expensive houses. Pretty luxurious, but perhaps not the best places to organise a bar-b-que with the neighbours?

This is the original article in Spanish but it contains photos of the streets themselves:

This is the article from Euroweekly in English:

Test your knowledge

Do you think you know a lot about Spain, or do you just like a challenge? Try this quiz to see how many of these different cathedrals you can identify. It’s a mutliple choice quiz with three options so it doesn’t matter if you’re not the greatest Spanish cathedral spotter:

Parador paradise

Have you stayed in a parador yet? These state run luxury hotels are well worth a visit. They tend to be in renovated, traditional Spanish buildings such as old churches and convents and usually have a high level of facilities. Some of them are in more unusual locations, towns and cities that you may not have visited otherwise.

The Telegraph identifies 14 of their favourites:

Ábaco also has an article about them in Spain Explained:

A creative solution to flooding?

Most people who have spent any time in Spain are aware that when it rains, it rains hard. Then there are weeks, even months, without any rain at all. This has created something of a problem in some parts of the country. When there is heavy rainfall the drainage system cannot cope and some areas become flooded.

Now Alicante seems to have come up with a solution based on an Arabic technique for recycling water:

Benidorm – environmentally friendly

Whatever your views of Benidorm it’s true to say that it is something of an unusual town. Its skyscrapers are distinctive and the Benidorm skyline cannot be mistaken for other places in Spain. This article, for El País in English, is an interesting explanation of how Benidorm came to be and provides us with details of its record-breaking structures:

Top Tips for renting property

In this article Money Saver Spain provide some guidance for those people interested in renting rather than buying a property in Spain. It is often recommended that if you are considering buying a property you rent somewhere first in the area to make sure that it really is where you want to buy.

It is worthwhile reading this article if you are considering doing this to ensure that you’re not caught out when it comes to getting your deposit back, for example:

Still tracking Corvera

Over the years we have regularly updated our readers on the progress of Corvera airport. At times, no one was sure whether it would ever open and speculation continued around the future of this and San Javier airport.

Following its opening, it’s perhaps come as no surprise that the airport has found it difficult to establish itself. Some of the major airlines have been reluctant to schedule flights there and the big winner would appear to be Alicante airport whose passenger numbers have grown.

However, the extent of the difficulty has been reported differently and in this article, Murcia Today seeks to put the record straight as to how many passengers have actually been lost:

What interests you?

We would welcome any suggestions for future themes you would like us to cover either in the newsletter or in an article on Spain Explained.

Please let us know by email at newsletter@abacoadvisers.com.

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