Here we explain the ins and outs of the Habitation certificate. HomeFinance Spain provides an easy, stress free process of obtaining your Habitation Certificate for you.
With our expert help, you can relax, safe in the knowledge that you have all of the certificates required for selling your property in Spain!
So, what exactly is a Habitation Certificate?
A habitation certificate is a document that is required when you are selling your property in Spain. It verifies that the property conforms with all of the local town halls habitation requirements. It the seller’s responsibility to ensure that they have this certificate.
How long is the habitation certificate valid for?
A habitation certificate is valid for 10 years. After this time, you must renew it.
What if I am the first occupant in my property?
If you purchased a brand-new property, you will have been given a first occupancy license or ‘Licencia de Primera Ocupacion‘. This license verifies that the builder complied with all of the town halls developing requirements for properties.
When does a first occupancy license switch to a habitation certificate?
Normally, the switch from a first occupancy license to a habitation certificate does not happen immediately. Only when you want to sell your property or leave it to a family member through inheritance, is the switch required. The certificate then remains as a habitation certificate indefinitely.
I’m buying a house in Spain, why do I need to make sure I get the habitation certificate from the seller?
You need to make sure you have a habitation certificate when buying a property in Spain, so you know that the building has passed all of the town halls building requirements. This gives you peace of mind that the building is safe and fit for purpose.
You will also need the habitation certificate to change the names on utility bills. Without one, you will not be able to select a new rate for electricity or change any utility providers.
Why is a Habitation Certificate so important?
If you cannot find your habitation certificate or you never received one, you will need to get one as soon as possible. It can save you a lot of time getting the certificate now, as it is not possible to sell, market your property or leave it as part of inheritance without a habitation certificate.
How do I get a habitation certificate for my Spanish property?
HomeFinance Spain can help you obtain your habitation certificate! We provide our clients with a complete service by taking care of the entire process.
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Now that we have shared the importance of the Habitation Certificate, we hope you understand that this is a vital document – especially in the conveyancing process.
Lost, misplaced or never received a Habitation Certificate? Get in touch with one of our conveyancing team members. Contact us by filing in the form provided or by calling us (0034) 96 682 11 72.