Category Archives: Law

Council Tax Surcharge on Second Homes in France

The French Tax Administration published guidelines earlier this year introducing a surcharge of 20% on the “taxe d’habitation” in areas where the supply of housing is short “zone tendues”.  The tax is aimed at reducing the number of unoccupied homes … more…

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Will you be affected by the new EPC regulations?

New minimum energy efficiency standards will come into force from 1 April 2016 in England and Wales as part of the Government’s attempt to improve energy efficiency of buildings and meet CO2 emissions targets. The regulations will significantly impact landlords … more…

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UK Non-Doms Lose Tax Privileges from 2017

UK non-Doms Lose Tax Privileges from 2017. The Government has announced tighter rules which will come into effect from April 2017 for non-domiciled UK individuals (‘non-doms’), raising concerns for many wealthy foreigners. The right to claim non-domicile status will be … more…

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New Spanish Legislation on Bulldozing Properties

New Spanish Legislation on Bulldozing Properties.  During the construction boom between 2001 and 2008, hundreds of thousands of homes were illegally built in Spain. Illegally built means, in this context, built without having previously obtained planning permission. These homes were … more…

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European Succession Update – EU Regulation 650/2012

European Succession Update – The concern of many people who own property abroad or who are considering buying property abroad is how the property will be dealt with following their death, i.e., who will inherit it. The law of many … more…

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Buying Property in Mallorca?

Mallorca is one of the top ten locations chosen by foreign purchasers when buying property in Spain. However, the tax system in this region can be quite complex. Therefore, you should ensure you are in the hands of an expert … more…

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A Place In The Sun Exhibition at the NEC

Kobalt Law LLP will be exhibiting on Stand D71 the “A Place In The Sun Exhibition” Live at the NEC Birmingham, from 25th -27th September 2015. more…

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Buying a plot of land in France

Mr and Mrs Smith intend to purchase a plot of land in the Dordogne to build their dream house. They would like to do most of the works themselves. Now that their offer has been accepted, they are about to … more…

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Carrying out works and alterations to property in France

Mr and Mrs Morgan are expats in France living in the Pyrenees. Their oldest son is now a teenager and they were thinking of extending the house. Mr Morgan thought that instead of carrying out large scale alterations, it would … more…

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Selling a house in France

Mr and Mrs Johns have bought a plot of land in Burgundy 8 years ago. They have built a lovely house and are using it as a holiday place for their family. However they have been informed that prices in … more…

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