Category Archives: Legislation

How Will a Brexit Affect Owners of European Properties?


There are many pros and cons being debated regarding the UK’s EU membership. While a referendum may not happen until late 2017, property owners are questioning how a Brexit will affect them. There are around 2.2m Britons who live in … Continue reading

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The Rules of Renting Out a Spanish Holiday Home


Many people that purchase a holiday home in Spain consider renting it out to tourists when they are not using the property themselves. This can be an effective way of earning a healthy income, but beware – there are certain … Continue reading

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Favourable Conditions for British Buyers in Cyprus


Cyprus lost its spark with British buyers when its economy crashed in 2012 and 2013, but things are changing on Aphrodite’s Isle. Conditions on the island should become highly favourable to property buyers. Buying a property in Cyprus is set … Continue reading

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Property Owners in France Must Fit Smoke Alarms


From 8th March, all homes in France, whether owner-occupied or rental, must be fitted with smoke alarms. Under the new law, the obligation to install detectors also applies to owners of second homes. The Europe Consumer Centre France advises: “If … Continue reading

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Buying a property in Italy?


Are you looking at purchasing a holiday home or investment property in Italy? Make sure you follow a number of vital steps to turn your dream into a tangible reality! Make a clear offer-This sounds simple but when you come … Continue reading

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Buy-to-let mortgages in Europe saved


There has been good news for overseas property investors in Europe, with a move by the European Union to ban buy-to-let mortgages blocked. The Mortgage Directive is to create a single regulatory body to govern all mortgages within the European … Continue reading

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Boost for second home owners in France


There is good news for ‘second home owners’ in France, with the Government backtracking on their original Capital Gains Tax plans. Under the initial proposals, property owners would have had to have been in possession for more than 30 years, … Continue reading

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Italian Property Tax Putting Off Investors


As like many European countries, Italy is coming under pressure to generate as much revenue as possible in short-mid term, to help with EU financing. In turn, the Italian Government has recently brought in a tax on all properties which … Continue reading

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Spain Introduces Energy Performance Certificates


Spain finally introduced Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) on 1st June 2013, bringing the country in line with the 2007 EU Directive on Energy, a strategy aimed at dealing with climate change. The new law will make energy efficiency transparent, by … Continue reading

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Contracting firm proposes measures to aid Greece’s recovery


The Federation of Associations and Building Contractors Cyprus has moved to submit a variety of proposals to the country’s Government and political parties. These proposals are aimed at both supporting the sector, alongside creating an environment for its recovery. Costas … Continue reading

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