Sale of real estate in Spain

In order to go through the process of selling your property in Spain as smoothly as possible, it is advisable to supply your specialised real estate transactions lawyer with all required documentation. This concerns the following documents:

  • Passport / identity card and NIE-number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero);
  • The purchase / sale title deed provided when you acquired your property (Escritura pública de compraventa);
  • The licence of first occupation (Licencia de primera ocupación);
  • The last payments of real estate tax (Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles, or in short: IBI) and the local tax regarding the collection of garbage;
  • Spanish income tax (Impuesto sobre la Renta de Personas Físicas, or in short: IRPF) of the most recent four years if you are a fiscal resident in Spain, or if you are non-resident in Spain, the corresponding Spanish non-resident income tax declarations;
  • Receipts for supplies to the property (such as telephone, electricity, water);
  • Community certificate, stating that all community fees associated with the property are paid or the contact details of the chairman or secretary of the owners association (Comunidad de Propietarios);
  • Energy certificate (Certificado de Eficiencia Energética, or in short: CEE).

Regarding the following services (among others) related to the sale of real estate in Spain you can also contact Arcos & Lamers Asociados:

  • General consultation during the process of selling the property;
  • Advice on corporate income or capital gains from the sale of property;
  • Research on the local tax on the increased value of the land (Plusvalía);
  • Research in the property register (Registro de Propiedad) to examine possible charges on the property;
  • Contact with representatives from the buying party to arrange the transfer including exchange of all required documents such as a copy of the deed, proof of paid local taxes, etc.;
  • Establishment of a private contract in which all terms of the transfer are described, to have this contract signed and the payment of the reservation sum;
  • Check on possible debts, like property taxes, garbage taxes or supply of utilities.
  • Obtaining the certificate of the owners’ association in relation to contributions paid to the ‘comunidad’. This certificate is attached to the deed.
  • Drawing of the original deed.
  • The filing and prosecution of the relevant capital gains tax in Spain.

The exact services we render always depend on the specific circumstances of the client’s case. The above mentioned overview is for informative purposes only.

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