Paperwork for Vega Baja Home Buyers
BRITS who buy property in Vega Baja are no longer required to provide tons of documents.
Until Brexit, they could ignore a pre-constitutional law of 1978 requiring buyers from outside the European Union to obtain a permit from the Department of Defense due to the proximity to the Cartagena naval base.
Since January 2021, the British also had to present a criminal record extract, a photocopy of their passport and detailed plans of the property they intended to buy in Torrevieja, Orihuela, Pilar de la Horadada or San Miguel de Salinas.
All that has changed, announced the Association of Real Estate Developers of Alicante (Provia).
Speaking to Spanish media, Provia revealed that the Defense Ministry had ordered the Directorate General of Infrastructure to remove the requirement which could sometimes take eight months.
The ordinance follows industry protests last January, when developers and developers protested that the outdated law would endanger around 800 real estate purchases each year.
In recent years, foreign buyers have bought more than half of the properties sold in the province of Alicante. Of these, 20 per cent were British, many of whom planned to settle or acquire second homes in areas affected by the law.
The decree of the Ministry of Defense applies to properties that occupy classified building plots but not to those on non-building land, Provia said.