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Knowledge Base 5: Documents needed in order to have a stress free sale of your Spanish Villa

Hola a todos,

As a British real estate agent with 16 years of experience selling properties in Spain, I understand how important it is to have all the necessary documents in order when selling a property in the Valencian region of Spain. That’s why I’ve put together this guide to help you understand the documents you’ll need and how to obtain them.

Firstly, you’ll need a copy of the escritura or title deed. This is the legal document that proves ownership of the property. You’ll need to ensure that the details on the escritura match the details of the property being sold, including the size, location, and any outstanding debts or charges.

Next, you’ll need a copy of the nota simple. This is a document that certifies the title of ownership for land or real estate in Spain. It contains a full description of the property, its boundaries, ownership details, and if there are any charges or debts associated with it. This is an important document for anyone looking to buy or sell a property in Spain as it helps to ensure that the transaction is legal and transparent. You can obtain a nota simple in person or online at the Land Registry. You’ll need to provide the name of the owner and their ID or passport numbers, or alternatively, you can search the property’s finca number.

Another important document you’ll need is the Certificado de Eficiencia Energética (CEE) or energy efficiency certificate. This is a document that rates the energy efficiency of the property, ranging from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). This certificate is required by law in Spain and must be obtained by a qualified technician. It’s important to note that this certificate is only valid for 10 years, so if you’ve had one previously, you may need to obtain a new one.

You’ll also need to provide the receipts for the payment of the local property tax (Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles or IBI) and the rubbish collection tax (Tasa de Basuras). These taxes must be up to date and paid in full before the sale can be completed.

If you’re selling a property that’s part of a community of owners (Comunidad de Propietarios), you’ll need to provide a copy of the community statutes (Estatutos de la Comunidad) and the minutes from the last general assembly (Acta de la Asamblea General). These documents will outline the rules and regulations of the community and any outstanding debts or charges.

You may also need copies of licences for any building work, fin de obras, receipts, fiscal residency status………..

And finally…… the big one…. The Certificate of Habitation. You will find articles and videos on our blog going into this in great detail and the requirements to have things like new septic tanks fitted, so please check with your agent and lawyer regarding this important document.

In summary, to sell a property in the Valencian region of Spain, you’ll need to provide the escritura, nota simple, CEE certificate, receipts for property taxes, and community statutes (if applicable). Obtaining these documents can be done in person or online, but it’s always advisable to work with a qualified property lawyer who can help ensure everything is in order. If you have any questions or need assistance with the sale of your property, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Gracias y hasta pronto!

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