In February 2006 we completed the purchase of our new build without the builder producing the LFO. In June 2006, he applied for the LFO. In July 2006 we signed a contract with Iberdrola for the supply of electricity and in the following months we we applied for, and were granted, contracts with Repsol, Telefonica and the Water Authority, Aguas de Valencia. Since then we have upgraded both the electricity, telephone and gas supplies without problem and for five years have been paying the appropriate bills. In addition, the local Town Hall have been charging IBI and rubbish/recyling tax since the first day of our occupation. However, the council have not yet issued the LFO to confirm the legality of the houses. We understand that there is something called the Administrative Silence Rule under which LFOs can be issued but have been unable to find out very much about this. We live in an urbanisation in a Local Entidad Menor, which means that although we have our own Town Hall for local matters, all planning matters etc. are dealt with by the Main Town Hall. We have now been advised by our local mayor that we should put in an Instancia to the Main Town Hall stating that by virtue of the fact that we have all of our own services and have been paying IBI etc since day 1, and the fact that at least 5 years has now passed since the construction of the houses, we are entitled to have the LFO granted.
I feel confident enough in Spanish to write such an instancia but being unfamiliar with Spanish law, I am not confident that I have the right to make such a demand for the issue of the missing certificate. I am wondering whether anyone has found themselves in a similar position and if so, whether the instancia did produce the missing paperwork or this as just dismissed by the Town Hall as there is no legal obligation for them to accede to the request for issue of the LFO.