Mr. and Mrs. S are British non-residents and own a holiday home in Marbella.They bought the property in 2008 but weren’t aware that they needed to pay annual tax. Towards the end of 2009 they received notification of the outstanding tax debt but did not know enough Spanish to work out what it said. They chose to ignore it. At the beginning of 2010 they received another letter and this time became worried. They posted some questions on a few internet forums and were told to seek advice.
They contacted Ábaco who delivered the unpleasant news that the second letter was informing them that their names had been published on the Official State Bulletin. This meant that according to the tax authority they had been informed of the debt and if the matter wasn’t settled immediately then the house would be embargoed and sold at public auction. Mr. and Mrs. S. were shocked and immediately contracted to Ábaco who chased up the debt for them and arranged payment. The S’s kept their house.