Spouse abuse: beware of the ‘juicio rapido’

IN this space we recently discussed problems of husbands wrongly accused of domestic violence when they are shuffled through Spain’s quick hearing process – the juicio rapido – too quickly. Since then we have received several letters from wives who also are dissatisfied with the results of the ‘rapid...

If you are accused of spouse abuse If you are accused of spouse abuse

IN Spain’s traditional male-dominated society, spouse abuse was often swept under the carpet or punished lightly. Now it is treated as a serious offence with help and shelters for abused women, along with strict new laws. The other side of the issue of spouse abuse is that wives sometimes use the new laws...

How can he exchange lost UK driving licence?

I AM resident in Spain and I have lost my British driving licence. The DVLA in Swansea tells me that they cannot issue me a replacement licence because I no longer reside in the UK.  I will be 70 years old next year and I had decided to wait until then to exchange my UK licence for a Spanish permit because...

A bank guarantee necessary to rent?

I rent an unfurnished property in Estepona.  I have held two 11-month contracts, continuously, and my existing contract expires in February. I recently purchased your book, You and the Law in Spain 2011, in which you explain the difference between Vivienda or long-term residential contracts, and...

Property owners pay wealth and income tax

QUESTIONS continue to come in regarding Spain’s reactivated ‘wealth tax’.  One reader insists he has been paying it for the last three years and wonders if he can now stop because of the €700,000 exemption. Another says he has always paid on Form 310 (he means 210) as a non-resident and then says he...

Landlord not protected by 11-month contract

WE have said it on the radio, it is in my book You and the Law in Spain, and we have written it many times over the years.  Even so, many people seem convinced that, under Spanish law, a Spanish rental contract made for 11 months protects the landlord from an unwanted extension of the contract into a...

Handyman needs accident insurance

ONE of the few trades that prospers in this economic downturn is that of handyman. People are patching and repairing instead of buying new. If you hire a man on an hourly basis to replace some tiles in your patio, for example, you will probably have no problem. But take care. Even if you simply have a verbal...

More Mortgage Problems

‘I READ your column every week and I hope you can help with my problem. I have held a Spanish mortgage since 2005. Half of the mortgage is with my daughter, who has never contributed and who has now returned to England and cannot pay. I am finding the payments increasingly difficult, so I asked the bank if...

UK moves to embargo Briton’s home in Spain

A BRITISH family officially resident in Spain and living near Granada were recently surprised to receive notice from the Spanish Tax Agency to pay a tax debt of €15,000 owed to Her Majesty’s Inland Revenue and Customs or face a seizure order on their Spanish property. The notice did not specify the exact...