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Rajoy cuts income tax retentions
Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:28:16 +0200

SPANISH president Mariano Rajoy has brought forward the income tax reduction he had kept up his sleeve for 2016, having announced it would be applied retroactively from Wednesday just ...
Audrey Hepburn's son sues Alhambra Palace for 'illegal wedding' claims
Fri, 3 Jul 2015 05:27:20 +0200

ACTRESS Audrey Hepburn's son Sean has filed an arbitration order against the manager of Granada's iconic Alhambra Palace for 'accusing' him of celebrating an 'illegal ...
Sick notes simplified for workers and their GPs
Thu, 2 Jul 2015 18:54:16 +0200

FAMILY doctors can now sign patients off sick and issue their back-to-work note at the same time if their condition means they will be able to resume business as usual within ...
Hot weather causes more mobile phone breakdowns
Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:21:34 +0200

THE heatwave currently frying Spain is likely to lead to an upsurge in mobile phones and tablets breaking down, possibly irreparably. According to ...
Activists from radical Islam cell hack Costa Blanca university's website
Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:19:37 +0200

A RADICAL Islamic activist group hacked the website for the Miguel Hernandez University in Elche (Alicante province) and changed the content, which remained there for several hours.

'Gagging law' comes into effect
Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:17:33 +0200

'PUBLIC safety' legislation dubbed 'the gagging law' has come into force in Spain with extremely stiff fines for demonstrations not previously authorised, refusing to show ID when ...
Summer sales start with goods at half price
Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:44:56 +0200

SUMMER sales officially started in Spain yesterday with up to 50% off existing stock, with even lower prices expected in later weeks. Cutting prices has meant the retail sector has been able to increase the number of temporary ...
Rick Astley is opening act for Madrid Pride ahead of September Spain tour
Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:11:37 +0200

'OLD Skool' British pop sensation Rick Astley is due on tour in Spain in September with six gigs in major towns and cities across the country.

IBI tax on undeveloped land set to plummet
Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:05:04 +0200

OWNERS of land classified as 'developable' will no longer have to pay full residential property rates for their annual IBI taxes, the Supreme Court has ...
Film of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros' life premieres in Spain
Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:01:44 +0200

A FILM of the life of the late, great golfer Severiano Ballesteros was shown for the first time on Monday this week (June 30) in 11 cities in Spain.
Extra speed traps as summer set to bring 81.5 million car trips
Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:58:47 +0200

MAJOR traffic jams are expected and a rise in speeding fines as 81.5 million car journeys take place across Spain over the next two months.

Woman dead and 16 injured after motorbike crashes into bar patio
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:16:05 +0200

ONE woman has been killed and 16 other people injured, many of them seriously, after a motorcyclist lost control and ploughed into a ...
More air-traffic control strikes in July
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:03:53 +0200

AIR-TRAFFIC controllers across Spain have planned another partial strike next month in light of their governing body, Enaire's ...
Spanish stock market feels the pinch from Greek crisis
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:45:56 +0200

STOCK markets were only slightly affected today as a result of the 'Greek crisis' - in Spain, the IBEX-35 fell by just ...
Mercadona chair 'most influential businessman' in Spain
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:41:34 +0200

CHAIRMAN of Mercadona supermarket chain Juan Roig is ranked top for the best corporate reputation in Spain, according to a recent study. He is ...
'Take your kids to work' room with office desks at Barcelona company
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:44:23 +0200

PARENTS struggling to balance childcare and work are a rare phenomenon at a Barcelona insurance company - it has set up a playroom with computer desks so mums and dads ...
Big Brother winner Pepe Flores sentenced for 'sexual threats' against a nurse
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:42:44 +0200

WINNER of the 2012 edition of Spanish
Vienna's Spanish Riding School celebrates 450th anniversary with Infanta Elena among the audience
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:43:09 +0200

THE Spanish Riding School in Vienna has gone back to its roots to celebrate its 450th anniversary, with horses brought over from its counterpart in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz province) ...
Couple rescued from burning boat in Mallorca
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:41:31 +0200

CIVIL Protection volunteers rescued a couple stranded on their yacht out to sea off the coast of Calvia (Mallorca) after it caught ...
Rajoy calls urgent meeting over Greek stalemate
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:38:17 +0200

PRESIDENT Mariano Rajoy has called a meeting at first light today (Monday) to discuss possible strategies in the event of a 'Grexit' after ...
Heatstroke victim in hospital as Met office warns most of Spain will hit over 40ºC today
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:37:15 +0200

WEATHER warnings have been reinforced and health services are urging the public to take precautions as the temperature rises across Spain, particularly after ...
Town halls embrace International Gay Pride Day with rainbow flags flying
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:33:32 +0200

TOWN halls across Spain flew the rainbow-coloured flag for the first time ever today to mark International Gay Pride Day which, in Spain, is also the 10th anniversary of equal marriage becoming ...
Formula 1: Maria de Villota's fatal accident 'not her fault'
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:05:46 +0200

HEALTH and Safety Executive inspectors say Team Marussia did not explain to their new test-driver María de Villota how to work the braking system on the car she crashed into the back of a ...
Barcelona to keep Mobile World Congress for next eight years
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:28:07 +0200

BARCELONA will continue to host the Mobile World Congress until at least the year 2023, according to a new bill of law passed by the ...
Zoo worker injured after three chimpanzees escape
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:26:18 +0200

THREE chimpanzees escaped from a zoo in Fuerteventura, injuring the owners and putting a staff member in hospital.

Spanish Thalidomide victims seek help from Pope
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:21:24 +0200

VICTIMS of Thalidomide who are still waiting for compensation have delivered an open letter in person to Pope Francisco during a ...

Podemos' Pablo Iglesias and Ada Colau stuck in a lift
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:23:51 +0200

PLENTY of potential for age-old wisecracks came up when Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias and his colleague, mayoress of Barcelona Ada Colau were stuck in a lift at the city hall ...
Mobile App lets women see baby scans in full HD
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:21:12 +0200

A START-UP company in Córdoba has designed an App allowing pregnant women to see their scans live and in full HD on the mobiles or computers, and send them to their friends and family. The firm, Ideax, says this is the ...
Young diphtheria patient's death triggers call for routine vaccinations
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:18:48 +0200

THE six-year-old boy from Olot (Girona province) suffering diphtheria has died, sparking a fresh debate over the importance of having children vaccinated in their early years. He was admitted to intensive care at ...
Spain ups terrorism warning after ISIS kills 37 on Tunisia beach
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:05:07 +0200

A HOTEL belonging to a Spanish chain in Tunisia was the scene of a bloodthirsty Jihad terrorist attack yesterday (Friday) in which 37 people have died and dozens more ...
Prizewinning Spanish architects design London's Serpentine Gallery pavilion
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:50:18 +0200

A BRIGHTLY-LIT 'chrysalis' in London's Kensington Gardens has been designed by two Spanish architects.

'Bourne Legacy' sequel to be filmed in Tenerife
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:48:53 +0200

THE fifth episode of the Bourne film series based upon the novels by Robert Ludlum will be shot in Tenerife in September.

No more tax or embargoes on social welfare benefits
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:41:06 +0200

SOCIAL welfare for families with little or no money will soon no longer have to be declared as 'income' for tax purposes, and will not be taxed or embargoed where the recipient has run up a debt with the town ...

Wert replaced as education minister
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:32:00 +0200

PRESIDENT Mariano Rajoy's least-popular minister José Ignacio Wert has been replaced, just three days after the PP government leader announced he did not intend to make any further changes to his cabinet. The ...
FOREX NEWS: Pound Stays Strong But Euro Shows Surprising Resilience
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:07:45 +0000

The British Pound hovers near recent highs, and problems in Greece continue to weigh on the Euro, though the big surprise is how resilient the Euro is proving to be in the face of bad news. Foreign currency exchange specialist Will Hewitson looks at the factors driving exchange rates, and what the near future might hold
New Home Prices Rises in First Half Of Year
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:42:33 +0000

The average price of new property rose by 1.8% in the first half of the year, according to the latest report from Sociedad de Tasación (ST), an appraisal company.
Spanish Property Market Turnover Stable In First Quarter
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:16:50 +0000

The latest statistics from the Government show that turnover in the Spanish property business has stabilised after years of declines.
Property Bargains Drying Up On Spanish Coast
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:51:46 +0000

The era of property bargains on the Spanish coast is coming to an end, according to a recent report by valuations company Tinsa, examined in an article published by the Spanish daily El Pais.
Spanish Mortgage Default Rates Go Down In Sign of Improvement
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:50:53 +0000

The mortgage default rate of Spanish home-buyers fell in March to 5.8 per cent, while the default rate of developers went down to 34.7 per cent, according to new figures published by the Bank of Spain.
Crisis Leaves Spaniards Choosing Smaller, Cheaper Homes in Mediocre Locations
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:32:01 +0000

Despite lower prices for prime property that make Spain look like a bargain compared to other European countries, local buyers with low savings and restricted access to financing have been forced to reduce their expectations when it comes to buying a home, explains a recent article in the Spanish daily El Mundo.
New Report Calls For Better Regulation Of Holiday Rentals
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:37:18 +0000

A new report sponsored by the Spanish tourist trade body EXCELTUR argues that private holiday rentals need to be better regulated, not least because the Government is missing out on millions of euros in lost taxes. Better regulation of private holiday rentals could increase Government revenues by 800 million euro, finds a new study sponsored by EXCELTUR (The Alliance for Excellence in Tourism, a non-profit trade organisation), and prepared by consultants EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and the law firm Tourism & Law. The report estimates that if VAT was charged on private rentals, the state would raise an additional €367 million per year. And if private landlords were to include their earnings in income tax declarations, that would generate an additional €432 million, giving a total of €799 million extra tax revenue for the Spanish state each year. Describing tourist lettings as a “highly lucrative business undergoing explosive growth” the report reveals that tourist rentals already offer the biggest supply of accommodation to tourists with 2.7 million beds available, compared to 2.4 million in hotels. PROBLEMS TO REGULATE The general thrust of the report is that the holiday rental sector needs better regulations to solve a host of problems, from unfair competition to friction with locals, and shortchanging the Spanish taxman. The report makes ten recommendation for better regulation at a national, regional and local level, most of which would increase the burden of regulations on private landlords closer to levels in the hotel business. That would discourage many landlords and reduce competition for hoteliers. The report reveals that 1 in 11 homes in the centre of the 12 Spanish cities analysed are rented out to tourists, “gradually pushing out the resident population” they say. Holiday rentals cause problems for local residents, says the report, providing statistics to back up this claim. 59% of residents with high concentrations of tourist rentals suffer a lower quality of life as a consequence: 80% are affected by noise, 70% by dirtier streets and communal areas, and 42% by greater insecurity. UNFAIR COMPETITION Spanish hoteliers consistently argue that holiday rentals without regulations and tax breaks like a VAT-exemption present unfair competition for hotels. The report quantifies the price advantage that holiday rentals enjoy over hotels. Holidaymakers spend an average of 22 euro/bed/day in tourist rentals, and 31 euro/bed/day in 3-star hotels. The average daily spend in short-term rental homes is 80 euro/day compared to 149 euro/day in hotels. Another source of unfair advantage, says the report, is that many holiday rentals are offered in the cash economy via P2P platforms like Airbnb (see chart below for P2P market share by operator), without respecting any regulations, and evading taxes, depriving the Spanish state of as much as €800 million a year. EXCELTUR say the holiday rental business needs a regulatory framework that is “clear, specific, concrete, and proportional,” and make some sensible recommendations like a national legal framework to reduce the current patchwork of regional laws that confuse landlords and tourists alike. Other recommendations, like charging VAT on holiday rentals, and standardising licenses, and health and safety regulations, would also reduce the supply of private homes offered for rent to tourists, or ensure that many landlords continue to operate illegally. + EXCELTUR report exec. summary (pdf in Spanish)
Average Spanish Home Costs 200,000 Euro
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:34:22 +0000

The average Spanish home costs €200,000, reveals the annual Spanish housing market report from Euroval, an appraisal company.
Real Estate Recovery Is For Real Says Report
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:25:14 +0000

A new report from the Spanish estate agency Forcadell, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, argues the Spanish property market recovery is here to stay.
Holiday Rental Prices Rise On Spanish Coast, Ibiza In Top Spot
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:55:36 +0000

Holiday rental owners on the Spanish coast are having a good summer with rental rates on the rise, especially in Ibiza, claims a new study.

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