Category Archives: Law

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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Tax Reforms in Spain

Inheritance tax in Spain is regulated at the national level, which establishes general regulations, but the regional governments may provide for certain additional relief for residents in their respective regions. This has resulted in residents paying less inheritance tax than … more…

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Inheritance tax ruled illegal – Spain

On Wednesday (3rd September) the ECJ ruled that Spain was in breach with EU law because of the way it stood with in a matter of tax advantages on inheritance and donations enjoyed by residents and non-residents. By virtue of … more…

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Cheaper residency programme – Malta

The new Malta residency programme is called “The Global Residence Programme”. It is designed for foreign applicants, the procedure is facilitated and the administration fees are reduced. The most important benefits of the Mata Global Residence Programme are: Very low … more…

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Selangor introduces overseas buyer law – Malaysia

 In the beginning of September a new set of guidelines on property purchases in Selangor by foreigners, permanent residents (PR) and foreign companies was introduced. It has thrown the developers and property agents into a flux. In a nutshell, the … more…

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Professionals demand halt into gazumping – Ireland

Gazumping has again been happening often since the start of the property market recovery. What is “gazumping”? This is the situation where someone informally agrees to sell your property to one party and then decides to sell it to someone … more…

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New measures to boost market – France

The lack of affordable housing is an issue in the main urban clusters across France, so the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that the France’s real estate market should be boosted by some new measures. About 50 of them … more…

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Foreclosure Bill – Cyprus

Pressed with a deadline, the Cyprus MPs voted on a bill to streamline foreclosures of bad debts and it was approved by a vote of 47-7 in the Cypriot House of Representatives. The MPs passed the bill with seven amendments, … more…

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