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17 Oct 2021 18:15:

Hello Kavanagh, don't apologise, somehow EOS wouldn't be complete without a chap like yourself.

In response to your curious question - possibly the shed might well require planning permission.  Like a lot of stuff here, it's a matter of interpretation.  One man's shed is another's gazebo, summer house etc



Thread: Swimming pool

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16 Oct 2021 19:39:

Leicsguy, the local Town Hall planning department can confirm if you have a pool licence or not - you can employ a local gestor to do the job for you, if you prefer to avoid the hassle - they shouldn't charge much. 

From the details you've given you'll probably join the very large number of folk who fall into this category with an unlicensed pool.  It's easily done - needing a license is a closely guarded secret sad.  Solicitors never ask you and contractors never tell you.



Thread: Swimming pool

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13 Oct 2021 09:23:

Good morning Roberto,

As in UK when you sell a property you are entitled to include the extra permanent fixtures added to the property to offset the profit you would otherwise declare, against tax.  The solicitor I use not only realises this but unlike most solicitors in Spain he gets off his bum to ensure it's not overlooked, as often happens.

He's also well versed generally in tax.  I've found that training and expertise is below UK standards, but functions are not so clearly defined.  As you'll know, frequently solicitors undertake accounts work which can make it a simpler process.  But I admit I've not used Gestors much - but yes they can be very helpful.  So often it's the individual, rather than the job title that matters.



Thread: Selling property without estate agent /good Gestoria

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12 Oct 2021 21:02:

Good evening Kavanagh,

There was me thinking you must have quit EOS or been banned - haven't seen a post from you for at least 24 hours.

You have largely chosen what I consider the "bad guys" in Spain - of course it's a given that the politicians are corrupt and should also be added to the list.  But that's just stating obvious.

You mention "regulatory authorities" and ask if I can name any that are "fit for purpose".  I would offer "Architects" as being highly skilled and reliable.  Also, Notaries and Dentists, who as groups I've found to be professional, but after that I begin to struggle.  But that's just my experience - can you name any?

In truth these "bad guys" you list are the same greedy, lazy, grasping sectors all over the world, but in Spain they are allowed to get away with it too easily, due to the absence of any real consumer protection legislation - Spain is 50 years or so behind northern Europe.  

But in many ways that's why I love the place and it's people and the "non-professionals" - hoteliers, restauranteurs, entertainment and tourist folk and very much the place itself, that's the attraction.



Thread: Selling property without estate agent /good Gestoria

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12 Oct 2021 18:54:

I've often wondered if this is all part of "treating us like cows" routine, milking us as much as possible - taking a few extra percent from us, but still charging the vendor the amount originally agreed. 

But I've developed a total distrust of all the alleged "professionals" in the property sector in Spain, so who knows...sometimes I miss the Law Society, regulation, FCA, FOS etc...



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