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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...

News and changes in holiday rentals

With approval of the Royal Decree 1070/2017, which took effect on January 1, 2019, all persons or entities that have intermediate properties for temporary tourism purposes, will be required to submit an informative statement quarterly. This includes also collaborative...

Maintenance claims in Spain

In Spanish law, maintenance comprises everything that is necessary by way of sustenance, clothing, living accommodation, health and education, which means the basic essentials of a person receiving maintenance. Those obliged to pay maintenance are:          Parents...

Travel Insurance Policies – Do’s and Don’ts

  It is always a good idea, whenever we travel for leisure or for business, to be covered by travel insurance. Travel insurance is designed to cover possible eventualities happening during the trip, like illness, loss of luggage and vehicle breakdown. Travel...

Ban on geo-blocking within the EU

Regulation (EU) 2018/302 addresses unjustified online sales discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market. The Regulation entered into force on 22 March 2018 in all EU Member States and...

Non-resident tax and rental income tax in Spain

If you are not a resident in Spain (non-resident) and own urban property, you are subject to Personal Income Tax, Property Tax and local Real Estate Tax. Fiscal representative As a non-resident, you need to appoint a fiscal representative in Spain. Your fiscal...

Consumer Rights in the Travel and Tourism Industry in Spain

The travel and tourism industry is very diverse and offers many different types of services that would be too long to list, however, four main categories can be identified which could give rise to disputes:   Those relating to transport e.g. overbooking, loss of...

Starting a business in Spain

The report “Doing Business 2016” published by The World Bank leaves Spain at rank 86. “Emprende en 3” was an initiative created in January 2014 for shorten the time to start a business to 3 days. The list of town halls enrolled in the program can be found at...

Building or Renovating a Property in Spain – Licencia de Obras

There are strict planning regulations in Spain. Nowadays local administrations enforce these regulations rigorously, certainly a big change from just few years ago. Failure to follow the planning regulations can result in fines. If the modernisation or repair of the...

Tax Considerations 2018

  Tax on Personal Income or “Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas (IRPF)” is a personal, progressive and direct tax on income during a calendar year for individuals residing in Spain, taking into consideration their personal family circumstances. The...

Health Care Spain – Entitlement

Since the law 16/2012 dated 20 April came into force in Spain (Law of urgent measures to ensure the sustainability of the national health system) many things have changed regarding the requirements for accessing the Spanish public health care system.

Pensions in the EU

  In the European Union, there are common rules to manage pension contributions to different countries, making that contributions (even for a short period of time) will not be lost and will contribute to the calculation of your retirement pension.   These...

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies regulations in Spain (part 2)

It took a few years for fiscal authorities all over the world to realise the existence of cryptocurrencies which led to individual EU governments adopting different national legislation to regulate the trading, exchange and mining of cryptocurrencies. This resulted in...

Acquiring Spanish Nationality

There are different ways to acquire Spanish Nationality and these include: Spain is your country of origin if: One of your parents is Spanish If you were born in Spain and although your parents are foreigners at least one of them was born in Spain (except for...

Municipal plusvalia claims

On the 16th February 2017, The Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) declared unconstitutional, null and void, several articles of the statutory rule in the Province of Guipúzcoa, regarding the Tax on the Increase of the Value of Urban Land (known as ‘municipal...

Squatters

In Spain, there are nearly 4 million empty properties. 70% of them are second residences, while the remaining are properties for sale, semi-finished properties that were not completed (missing first occupation license or the promoter went out of business), in many...

Getting married in Spain

Foreigners can be married in Spain, in a civil or religious ceremony, provided that one of them is either a resident or registered in the municipality (empadronado) where they wish to be married. It is sometimes permitted for a couple to be married even though neither...