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Thank you for your email. These are the same documents that you kindly forwarded to me on your email of July As you rightly pointed out to me then, the first point of the said set of instructions circulated to town halls and notaries refers to properties built before and point two refers to properties with an original building license.
The third and last point in the document is an attempt to provide solutions to property owners whose properties do not fall under either category. This as you mention in your email could severely impact on the value of the property in any subsequent sale.
This is a message we reinforced during our meeting. Whilst that may be the case, we continued to raise our concern for all property owners whose properties fall under point three. We argued that in many cases property owners have paid all municipal taxes — IBI, etc- to town Halls that now deny them access to the Cedula.
This meeting, which Mrs Padrals will also attend, has been scheduled to take place in September. As always, I promise I will keep you fully informed. Kind regards, Mark Smithson. Mark Smithson has informed me that the British Consulate in Barcelona will meet with Generalitat officials on July 27th to discuss the problems with the cedula de habitabilidad.
It may be the only chance we get to get something done and to get across the scale of the problem. Smithson fco. I recently wrote to Nick Clegg about the cedula issue following a meeting he had with Zapatero last week. I copied the email to the Vice Consul, Mark Smithson, and received the reply below:.
Thank you very much for your email. Although your email is not addressed to me I thought I should make you aware of the steps we have taken since we last spoke on the phone. Mr Arbeola promised to inform the Catalan minister for Housing and environment of the situation.
Since then, we have been in contact with the Generalitat de Catalunya and we are in the process of arranging a meeting with the Mr Baltassar, Catalan minister for housing and the environment. When this meeting takes place we will ask the minister for what advice should be given to British nationals who are no longer able to sell their properties.
I will be in contact with you once the meeting has taken place to update you on the latest advice from the Generalitat. In the meantime, we would advice you to seek legal advice. So while Spain and Catalunya sinks the politicians still seem to be content with re-arranging the deckchairs!
For those built after this date the proposal is less clear but there will apparently be a way of selling either by a change of description or another as yet unannounced method. Architects are being informed of the new rules which should come into force over the next weeks. API is the professional estate agents body and have a meeting this week about the cedula problem — click here for details.
Whether they will or not is another matter but the intentions look good. Thanks again to The Olive Press for this information. Click on the image to get a larger version — thanks to The Olive Press for getting hold of a copy and for the translation below.
Sales people and estate agents are pulling their hair out. City and regional councils have added themselves to the general complaint provoked by the application of a rule that requires that one has the habitation certificate in order to sell a house. It is this procedure that is paralyzing dozens of operations that affect the agencies that do not dispose of a certificate of urbanistic legalisation in order to apply for a cedula, basically for being on land which is not urbanizable.
The department of Habitatge assures that they are studying the matter to find solutions to the conflict. This certificate has to added to the rest of the documentation, among which figure a copy of the title deeds, which has to be submitted to the pertinent local council office for starting the whole process and which later will transfer everything to the department of Habitatge which is the issuing organism.
Concretely, in this city cases are found in the areas of Canalet, la Simpatica, with the exception of the first row which is on urban land, or Sant Josep de la Muntanya, to give a few examples, which are having problems. But this situation has been extended to other regions, spread along the coast and also in interior areas, properties acquired in past years by a massive influx of foreign buyers, some of whom have tried to sell without success because they have been refused the cedula.
In fact, public notaries have also confirmed that they have detected this situation. The person responsible for Habitatge territorial services in Terres de l? Some sellers and estate agents have begun to appeal to the General Director of Quality in the Building and Rehabilitation department of Habitatge, which means a prolongation of the selling process, enough to put off any would be buyer. In fact, he explains that now is the time to analyse how to make some processes easier, such as the procedure for obtaining documentation for residences which are built on urbanizable land for urbanizations not single houses.
All the bold and underlines were made by him. I asked whether this would involve the word almacen and she said not. HOWEVER a bank is highly unlikely to lend money to purchase a house such as this and according to my bank manager would only allow the sale to take place if it was to a cash buyer. I have received a phone call reply to a letter I sent to the Catalan Ombudsman who said they are able to take up the case for those people who have been refused a cedula and lost a subsequent appeal.
If you are in this position and would like further details you can contact Maite Hipalgo at the Catalan Ombudsman on Maxine from Perello Properties interviewed on TV3 about the reasons for British people leaving the Baix Ebre area and the problems facing those trying to sell but unable to because of the cedula de habitabilidad.
Would it not be a good idea if the Catalan Generalitat had a new building classification to allow rural properties to be legalised, something along the line of Casas Ecological. Something along those lines could be possible with good will all round. I and my wife have a property in Roquetes which has water, electricity. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Blog at WordPress. Cedula de habitabilidad Habitation certificates for rural properties in Catalunya. I copied the email to the Vice Consul, Mark Smithson, and received the reply below: Thank you very much for your email.
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