Driving Licence renewed for 3 years?

I ARRIVED in Javea in 1989 and I have held a Spanish driving licence until about two years ago when I was unable to renew it because I had failed the medical test with cataracts in both eyes. The eye operations were delayed but in August last year they were carried out successfully. I took the medical test...

Do they have to pay for Spanish TV aerial?

Q. In your book “You and the Law in Spain” in the section on the Law of Horizontal Property, you point out that, when a collective aerial is installed in an apartment building to receive Spanish TDT television, that any foreign resident who does not want it can register a negative vote at the AGM and...

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...

Drivers over 70 renew for two years not five

Q. We have just read the article by David Searl in which he wrote, “The good news is that your new Spanish licence will be valid for FIVE years. For those who are 70 years old the licence was formerly valid for only two years”. We renewed our  Spanish licences last October, both of us being...

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...

Unanimous vote or majority to install glass curtains?

IN our Community, an apartment building in Torremolinos, three apartments have installed glass curtains on their balconies after a simple majority vote in our ordinary AGM. These installations were also authorized by Torremolinos Town Hall. Now our administration is threatening to have them dismantled. The...

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...

Must I register my cleaner for Social Security?

THE above is a question being asked by many as reforms in the Spanish Social Security system go into effect on January 1, 2012.  One of the reforms grants domestic workers the right to a written contract and to Social Security payments made by the employer. Under the previous law, a verbal agreement was...

Valor catastral and inheritance tax

Q: WE have just read your book ‘You and the Law in Spain 2011’ and you state on page 304 that in Malaga, they use three times the Valor Catastral as the bottom limit to declare a property for inheritance tax. We are confused. In 2004 all the catastral values were raised and ours went up sharply. If...

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