It is the Hacienda who have been getting info from the utility companies. The reason is to find properties which the owners say are unoccupied but which in reality are being let, so they can chase the owners fr the taxes due, and maybe to fine them too.
Owners have over the years been encouraged by the town halls to register on the Empadron, so that the municipality can claim the allowance from the Regional Government, for each person registered.
A few years ago, someone (maybe Regional Gov) became aware that a lot of those who had registered had since left the country but the municipality was still claiming for them.
In order to know who is, and is not, really here, non residents are now required to renew their Empadron every two years and residents every five years.
If you do not renew then the discounts, allowed by many town halls on the IBI etc., will be cancelled.
That is tthe reason why the town halls are contacting people who are on thelr empadrons, This is separate from the action by the Hacienda.
This message was last edited by johnzx on 01/11/2012.