A Decree was passed in 1978 that stated property located within a certain distance of the Spanish Air Force headquarters in San Javier and Navy facilities in Cartagena required an authorisation from The Ministry of Defence for any non-EU citizens purchasers. This affects areas of Orihuela Costa, including Pilar de la Horadada, parts of San Miguel de Salinas and Cartagena, which are close to the military base perimeters. For UK citizens this now means they will require this when purchasing in these areas. Also, for non-EU citizens who have homes here and want to do additions and reforms the same will apply.
An application must be submitted by recorded delivery to the Ministry of Defence with legalised documents. The permit can take up to 4 months as the Decree gives 2 months for the documents to be looked at, and 2 months to give the response, and grant or decline the permission.
What does this mean for our clients and prospective clients – If you are currently looking at properties, we can do a check for 50 euros to confirm if it is in one of the areas requiring this authorisation. This fee will be refunded from any full military checks or conveyancing with us once you proceed with a purchase.
We can then start the full process for you immediately once this requirement has been confirmed by the Land Registry, no matter where you are, once you have a local UK notary give us Power of Attorney, or if you are in Spain, you can come to our office, or again you can authorise Power of Attorney. We will advise of the documents required and do any translations required. We will guide you on every step of the way so please get in touch and let us help.
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