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Do I need to apply for a Spanish driving licence?

Spanish driving licence That’s a question that many Europeans living in Spain have been asking for a very long time. It might seem a simple question but you can expect far from simple answers. Whether you must exchange your foreign driver’s licence for a Spanish licence has been discussed and debated, shared on forums and [...]

By | January 22nd, 2015|Home Services|0 Comments

Keeping your home safe in Spain 

Wherever you live in the world, burglary happens. Having your home broken into might not only mean the loss of valuable and irreplaceable items but it is an upsetting experience too. That said, not everyone takes the precautions they need to. If you’ve bought a property in another country you may not even know what [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|Home Services|0 Comments

Keeping warm in the Spanish winter

Should expats be entitled to a heating allowance if they retire to Spain? It’s a long running debate that is guaranteed to raise temperatures. For those who aren’t regulars to Spain, the Spanish winter is visualised as no different from the Spanish summer. After all, Spain is hot. Isn’t it? Those who have spent time [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

5 reasons why you should have a keyholder

You have a property on the Costa Blanca. Lucky you. Having a second home abroad is the dream of many and a luxury for a few. However, as with everything valuable, it needs looking after. Have you thought? What happens if there is a water leak? What happens if there is a break in? What [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

5 steps to renting out property in Spain

5 steps to renting out property in Spain Do you rent out your house in Spain or have you ever considered it as an option? Some people buy Spanish property specifically to rent it out and get a return on their investment. Others come to the decision due to changing personal circumstances. Whichever route you [...]

By | November 13th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Driving legally in Spain

Driving legally in Spain If you are a regular visitor or live in Spain, chances are you drive whilst you’re over here. Having access to your own transport can enhance your experience. Some people are proficient at making good use of public transport and find their way all over the country using only trains and [...]

By | November 6th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Scam alert!

Scams, phishing, trolls. All language of the internet and all reminders of how it might have provided us with more opportunities but it’s also increased the threats.  Scams have always existed but never in as much abundance. The ways they think of confusing, beguiling and defrauding us are legion. Approaches taken vary from frightening us, [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Electricity Companies Ask for Their Own Bad Bank

The real-estate sector in Spain has one and now the electricity companies want one too. What is it? It’s their very own version of the ‘bad bank’, or banco malo as it is known in Spanish. This idea is not a new one and has already been proposed to the Government as a way of [...]

By | September 25th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Price of Electricity to ‘Probably’ Drop More than 3.7%

According to an announcement from Spain’s minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, last week, the price of electricity will ‘most probably’ reduce by more than 3.7% this year. This figure, he says, is the same amount by which the cost of electricity fell last year. “In 2013, the price of electricity in [...]

By | September 11th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Neighbours Have Final Say in Property Rental to Tourists in Mallorca

If you own any type of property in Mallorca and want to rent it out to tourists and holidaymakers at any period during the year, it’s going to be tough from now on. The regional government has prepared a draft law on the subject which forms part of the Tourist Law, which governs this type [...]

By | September 6th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments