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Buying properties in Gran Alacant, La Marina, Elche

This is a small presentation of our conveyance service on properties placed in Gran Alacant- Santa Pola, Arenales del Sol – Elche, El Pinet, and La Marina,  considering the main legal aspects for conveyance, made by our lawyers.

If you are interested to buy or to sell a property placed in Costa Blanca South like Gran Alacant- Santa Pola, Arenales del Sol – Elche, El Pinet, and La Marina, TLACORP will help you to take a final purchase or sale decision.

The area of Costa Blanca North is covered by our offices in Elche, connected by Highway. Visit our offices in Elche will not take too long from Gran Alacant, or El Pinet, or La Marina, and, if arranged, one of our lawyers can visit the same property and meeting you there, avoiding you to move to our office.

This area covers a wide range of properties, which passes from rustic, to apartments, bungalows, urbanizations,  etc. Let us detail the main legal aspects of each of these properties:

– First line and Coast Line: This is the area covering  Arenales del Sol, Gran Alacant, Santa Pola, and La Marina.

The type of constructions and properties there use to be second residences, or holiday homes, and residency properties.

A) The traditional type of residence areas are initially owned by Spanish, mainly coming from Elche, Alicante, Madrid, and Northern Spain,  and foreigners coming from enter-North Europe. Overall in areas like Arenales del Sol, Gran Alacant, Santa Pola, and La Marina, and El Oasis. These types of properties use to be bungalows, and apartments, near the beach, and built usually before the “Spanish boom” (before 2000).

In a conveyance, with a decision to buy, and out of the normal legal searches to be done in these kind of properties, below there are important points to check:

Legal and administrative study the history of the construction. To know how the property was built, and how it was developed. It is essential to discover if the property was extended, or if the terrace was covered, or if the porch is now a kitchen, or if the underneath is now a room . This will help to know if the previous owners have made all those works with he proper licenses, or, in instance, if there is any fine or penalty ending on these properties caused for a default of the proper permit.

Also, to know if there is any modification of the initial structure, will help to indentify if the deeds are properly updated with the current situation of the building.

In addition to this, if the property has a penalty for construction, the Town Hall can refuse to renew the Certificate of Habitation, and the new owners can have future problems to renew utility contracts.

Water and electric contracts: As these are old properties, the supplying companies can ask the buyers to update the installation to change the contracts after completion. This may cause expenses like electrician, or plumber fees, to inspect the property, and others like re-wiring, which, if known before completion, could form part of the commercial agreement of price with the vendor.

Plusvalia: If the property is old, and is owned by the same owners for a long time, then this tax will be high. This municipality tax must be paid by the vendors, but, knowing this from the beginning will help to take the necessary guaranties to be paid by the vendor.

Community of owners: It will be very important to know, not only if the vendor is up-to-date in the payments of the community, but to big or important partial payments in the reform or maintenance of the community areas (terraces, façades, parkings, etc), which not always appear in the certifications made from the community of owners.

B) New areas from Gran Alacant,  Santa Pola, Arenales del Sol and La Marina, and other new urbanized  areas: This area is considering new urbanizations created with the Spanish boom, sometimes in big urbanizations.

The important legal aspects to consider at time to buy these kind of properties are the following:

– The property must be perfectly inscribed in the land registry, as “completed house”. It means that the property has been registered, and the builder supplied the Final Works License, the  Ten Years Insurance (Insurance which covers during 10 years the structural defects of the building), and the Certificate of Habitation.

Community areas: The community areas like Golf Courses, commercial areas, pool, gardens, etc, must be completed, or in process to be.

Also, is very important to “read” the community rules to see, for example, if your neighbor can run a business which can disturb you, or if dogs are allowed, etc.

Community charges: These kind of properties can have high expenses of maintenance. It is very important to know them in the initial steps of conveyance.

Limitations and rights of use: These areas use to have big infrastructure of electric, water, sewage, rubbish collection, which can affect your property.

C) Rustic properties in these areas are common in the countryside of these areas. Special considerations must be made in areas from Elche like Valverde, Balsares, La Marina, La Hoya, Perleta, Matola, etc.   Considerations of conveyance in rustic properties are not different from the rest of areas. Please, consult our construction on rustic section, or see our common problems area to see the typical problems for rustic areas.

For more information regarding conveyance, visit our Conveyance section.

TLACORP is at your entire disposal, with special fees, for properties placed in this area. Just contact us for quotation.

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