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Resebegränsningar påsk 2021

En av de vanligaste frågorna från många av våra kunder är om rese- och rörelsebegränsningar som införs av larmtillståndet och de olika regleringsbestämmelser som godkänns nästan varje vecka i var och en av de autonoma samhällena. Specifikt kommer vi att hänvisa till...

Travelling restrictions Easter 2021

One of the most frequent question from many of our clients is about the travel and movement restrictions imposed by the state of alarm and the different regulatory provisions that are approved almost weekly in each of the autonomous communities. Specifically, we are...

New driving regulations to reduce traffic accidents 2021

On 2nd of January 2021 new modifications relating to Traffic Regulations and Vehicles came into force. Changes in the deductions of points regarding different sanctions:          6 points will be deducted from your driving licence for driving while holding mobile...

Travellers rights during Covid 19 pandemic

The regulations for crisis management derived from the COVID-19 pandemic are broad and changing, as is the epidemiological situation, which is causing governments around the world to have to readapt their legislation. In addition,  2021 brought a new challenge due to...

Commercial rents and covid

One of the problems that the Covid-19 pandemic is creating worldwide is the havoc that it is causing in the economy the measures impose by the authorities in relation to economic activity. In Spain, depending on the autonomous region that the activity is based, there...

NIE, Residency cards and TIE

Brexit is now a reality and leaves three types of identity documents used for the identification of citizens in Spain: NIE Residence card TIE   What are the differences between them?     NIE (Número de identidad de extranjero) is a foreigner identification number...

Squatters

During the confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cases of illegal occupations in homes owned by individuals and companies have increased significantly. The squatters, in many cases, are mafias that extort money from the owners, who pay high sums...

Draft Charter of Digital Rights

The Spanish Government has published details of a Charter of Digital Rights for public consultation. Comments can be made by email to derechosdigitales@economia.gob.es  until the 4th December 2020. The rights included in the draft are:  Guarantee of rights and...

Driving in Spain after Brexit

After Brexit, all existing traffic agreements between the European Union and the United Kingdom will not be valid. In this case, UK driving licences will only be valid for driving in Spain during the first 9 months after Brexit, provided they are valid and in force....

Draft Charter of Digital Rights

The Spanish Government has published details of a Charter of Digital Rights for public consultation. Comments can be made by email to derechosdigitales@economia.gob.es  until the 4th December 2020. The rights included in the draft are: Guarantee of rights and freedoms...

Non – Residents Tax ( Form 210 )

As we are approaching the end of the year it is important to remind our readers that before the end of the year taxes needs to be filed and paid. In order to avoid penalties for late payment we recommend contacting urgently your advisor or a lawyer in case you have...

Selling / Buying a car in Andalusia , Spain

When a private person sells a vehicle, it is important to go through the complete set of administrative procedures in order to change the ownership. Failure to do this will incur different types of problems including fines and road tax of the new owner being sent and...

Granting of a power of attorney in times of Covid19

Power of attorney will be important in in these times of restricted travel, allowing attorneys to represent their clients in legal and administrations matters, such as the acceptance and division of inheritance, purchases and sales of real estate, obtaining the NIE...

Fines for not wearing mask

Are the penalties for not wearing a mask legal? Yes, according to the Order of 14th July 2020, in Andalusia, the use of masks is mandatory for everyone over 6 years of age, even if a safety distance of 2 meters is guaranteed. Masks must be used in all...

New residency rules after Brexit

Undoubtedly one of the most recurring questions in our office over recent months have been those relating to Brexit, as we approach the end of the transitional period of the withdrawal agreement which ends on 31st December 2020. You must register in Spain as resident...

Domestic partnerships in Andalusia -part1

Almost all Spanish Communities have passed laws in order to equate domestic partnerships and marriages, however, the laws vary from one community to another. In this article we refer to the legislation of Andalusia: If you live in a domestic partnership, you should...

Travel cancellations due Covid-19 outbreak.

The Covid-19 crisis has undoubtedly transformed our routines, especially travelling. Due to the global scope of the pandemic, governments around the world have issued mobility restriction rules that have impacted the sector, with the cancellation of the vast majority...

The regulations for crisis management for COVID-19

  The regulations for crisis management for the COVID-19 pandemic are broad and changing, as is the epidemiological situation, which is causing governments around the world to have to readapt their legislation.   Taking into account the time of writing this...

Covid-19 Aid for Self employed

Governments around the world have issued fiscal and economic decisions to alleviate the effects of the cessation of activity resulting from the Covid19 crisis. In Spain, measures have also been taken, including extraordinary performance for cessation of activity....

“Ley de Costas” – The Coastal Law

Back in the early eighties, the need to protect the Spanish coastline from an overly aggressive building industry pushed the Spanish government to launch a series of measures intended to regulate constructions on the seafront.   The result was an amendment of law...

Domestic partnerships in Andalusia – part 2

Fiscal situation The Spanish Tax Administration recognizes two forms of family units: Married couples (with or without children) and Non-married couples or legally separated fathers or mothers who live with the children Domestic partners cannot file a joint...

Donation of Assets in Andalusia

A donation is a free transmission of ownership of assets or rights.It differs from an inheritance as the donation is an acquisition inter vivos, i.e. made between living persons. The donations can be simple (where the only requirement is the acceptance), or onerous...

Adoption in Spain

Adoption in Spain is a legal process that follows very strict rules in order to protect the welfare of the child. Law 26/2015, of 28 de July introduced several requirements for parents requesting adoption and the adopted child, both nationally and internationally. Any...

Brexit 2020 and its consequences for UK citizens in Spain

On the 31st of January 2020 the UK will leave the European Union. Until the end of 2020 the UK wants to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with the EU – a very short time frame. However, the petition for another prolongation of the transition period, which must be...

Personal Mobility Vehicles (personal transporters)

Personal Mobility Vehicles( PMVs), like electric scooters, Segway’s or e-bikes, are no longer an unusual sight in everyday traffic, however, their legal status in Spain is not clear. Up to now there is no  national regulation by the Spanish Traffic Agency (DGT) and...

Insurance in case of natural disasters

In Spain, private insurance does not cover physical nor material damage caused by natural disasters, like extraordinary floods, earthquakes, terrorist acts or the actions of the Armed Forces. In these cases, the Insurance Compensation Consortium (Consorcio de...

New reductions on Inheritance and Donations Tax

On the 09/04/2019 the Junta de Andalucía approved the reduction of tax on inheritances of amounts over one million Euros to 1 %. The previous regulation from 1st January 2018, approved to increase the minimum exempt of inheritance tax from 250,000 € to 1,000,000 €....

Rental properties in communities of owners

Renting a property in a community as a holiday apartment can cause a lot of inconvenience to the neighbours. Especially in buildings in which most apartments are used as residential housing, short-term rentals can be disturbing for the neighbourhood, due to the...

Consumer rights in restaurants

The State (Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism) and the Autonomous Communities (Registry of Tourism) are responsible for the general regulations for restaurants, cafés and bars In Spain. The respective town halls monitor the compliance with urban regulations,...

Spanish Trademark Law / LOPD – The organic Law on Data Protection

Data Protection Throughout 2019 two laws which were reformed at the end of 2018 – the Organic Law on Data Protection (LOPD) and the Trademark Law – will generate great changes in the technological world. Here we have a look at the changes of the Data Protection...

Holiday rental regulations in Andalusia

The decree on Holiday rental regulations in Andalusia  defines in article 3, the context of its application. If a dwelling is located in Andalusia and is in urban land for residential use, and accommodation is offered for a price, on a “regular base”, (by channels...

LOPD – the Organic Law on Data Protection

Throughout 2019 two laws which were reformed at the end of 2018 – the Organic Law on Data Protection (LOPD) and the Trademark Law – will generate great changes in the technological world. Here we have a look at the changes of the Data Protection Law: Video...

New mortgage law in Spain

The Spanish Congress of Deputies has approved the new mortgage law. After having been ratified by the Senate, the new mortgage law has been published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) in March and will come into force on 16/06/2019. The most important changes are...

Making a Will in Spain is essential

If you, as a foreigner, own a property or any assets in Spain, it is not only advisable to make a testament also in Spain – it is essential! 1. You decide who to leave your assets and property and their amounts, not the Spanish law. 2. It can run concurrent with...

Labelling on food products

As a standard, a label of a food product, by law, must give the following information: The name of the company and its address (producer, packer or seller of the product) List of ingredients including allergens, quantity of certain ingredients Minimum duration or...

Guarantee of products purchased

  The Rights of Consumers in Spain are included in the Constitution, specifically in Article 51, which guarantees the rights of consumers to protect their safety, health and economic interests. It also establishes the obligation of public authorities to provide...

New reductions on Inheritance and Donations Tax

On the 09/04/2019 the Junta de Andalucía approved the reduction of tax on inheritances over the amounts of one million Euros to 1 %. The previous regulation from 1st January 2018, approved to increase the minimum exempt of succession tax from 250,000 € to 1,000,000 €....

Buying a property in Spain

The Spanish property conveyancing system is different to many other countries, so you should seek advice from an independent lawyer who is specialised in real estate and land law and can speak your own language. In Spain, a property purchase is a process that can be...

Reform of the Spanish Trademark Law 2019

With the BOE (the Official State Gazette) of December 27, 2018, Royal Decree Law 23/2018 the reform of the current Trademark Law took effect on January 14, 2019, except in some sections that have a specific term of application. In order to allow a correct functioning...