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Our very helpful member Jim has put together lots of informative guides on everything you need to know about living in Spain. We have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and Jim or any of our other members can help you with your queries.

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The NIE

Residency in Spain

The Padron

Banking in Spain

How Brexit will affect living in Spain

Healthcare in Spain

Insurance and Wills in Spain

Residents income tax in Spain

Non-residents income tax in Spain

Other tax advice in Spain

Driving in Spain

Driving licences in Spain

Buying a used car in Spain

Property in Spain

Utilities in Spain

OAP discount cards

Wood burners

Mail and telephone

Spanish Language

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Gilly09

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:36am

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:36am

Wow thank you so very much Jim this is so very kind. Gilly

jimtaylor

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58pm

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58pm

Gilly, it's Alex who has gone to the trouble of compiling and formatting the list, so it's he who should be thanked.

Lesleyrose

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:03pm

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:03pm

Alex wrote on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am:

Our very helpful member Jim has put together lots of informative guides on everything you need to know about living in Spain. We have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and Jim or any of our other members can help you with your queries....

...

The NIE

Jim's Guide - The NIE - Part 1 - TheoryJim's Guide - The NIE - Part 2 - Practice

Residency in Spain

Jim's Guide - First time residency applicants
Jim's Guide - What new residents need to be aware of
Jim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 1 - TheoryJim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 2 - Practice Jim's Guide - Residency and non-residency certificates
Jim's Guide - Transfer from residency certificate to TIE - EX-23
Moving to Spain and residencia for non-EU citizen
Jim's Guide - Returning to the UK

The Padron

The Padrón Orihuela online padrón How to apply for Padron in Almoradi Jim's Guide - Illegally registering on the padrón

Banking in Spain

Jim's Tip - Basic bank account €3 per month Jim's Guide - Banking and financial terminology

How Brexit will affect living in Spain

Jim's Guide - Visiting the EU post-Brexit - Part 1 - The 90 day rule The Draft Brexit Agreement Pet travel to Europe after Brexit Post-Brexit entry visa requirements to take up residency in Spain Post-Brexit entry requirements to visit Spain - best case scenario
Post-Brexit entry requirements to visit Spain - worst case scenario Driving in the UK post-Brexit
Jim's Guide - The no-deal Brexit lawJim's Guide - New legislation re the no-deal Brexit law
Jim's Guide - Brexit - No-Deal Readiness Report
Jim's Guide - The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
Jim's Tip - Brexit helpline

Healthcare in Spain

Emergency travel to hospital or health centre Access your medical records Convenio Especial - buy into state health care Making a doctor's appointment online The right to health? - Real Decreto-ley 7 2018
Jim's Guide - New repeat prescriptions system

Insurance and Wills in Spain

Spanish Wills UK Wills Lasting Power of Attorney Wills for less than €60
Jim's Guide - Living Wills

Residents income tax in Spain

Residents' Income Tax - Gaining access to do your tax return Residents' Income Tax - Ways of doing your tax return
Residents' Income Tax - Owning a second property, including in the UK Residents' Income Tax - Becoming resident part way through the year Residents' Income Tax - Tax paid in the UK Residents' Income Tax - UK HMRC De-Registration - Giving the Inland Revenue the elbow! Residents' Income Tax - Fines and penalties Residents' Income Tax - Lump Sums Residents' Income Tax - Annuities Residents' Income Tax - How Income Is Categorised Residents' Income Tax - Allowances Residents' Income Tax - Declaration Thresholds Residents' Income Tax - General overview of residents' income taxJim's Guide - Residents' Income Tax - Gaining access to do your 2019 tax return
Jim's Guide - Residents' Income Tax - How to do the 2019 return
Jim's Guide - Residents' Income Tax - 2019 exchange rates

Non-residents income tax in Spain

Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 1 - Theory, no rental income Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 2 - Tax return, no rental income Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 3 - Paying the tax Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 4 - Rental income Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 5 - Other taxes Non-Resident tax returns for €20 inc payment

Other tax advice in Spain

Jim's Guide - Suma Registering with Agencia Tributaria
The Double Taxation Agreement & its implications [email protected] Electronic certificates

Driving in Spain

Spanish driving test theory
The ITV Test
Spanish Traffic Law book in English Replacing lost or stolen vehicle documents Change of address for a vehicle Permission to use your car DGT driving fines How to pay a DGT driving fine
Road tax
Jim's Guide - Scrapping a vehicleJim's Guide - Sources of car spares
Jim's Guide - Vehicle accident report form

Driving licences in Spain

The driving license explained The driving license medical test
Driving license change of address Getting a replacement driving license Share your UK driving licence information Driving license points system Exchange a UK driving license for Spanish Driving license renewal

Buying a used car in Spain

Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 1 - Introduction Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 2 - Informe del vehículo Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 3 - CompraVenta and the purchase Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 4 - Transfer tax Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 5 - Doing the transfer

Property in Spain

Jim's Tip - Property Purchase Guide Jim's Guide - Letting agents must now submit reports to Agencia Tributaria - Modelo 179 Jim's Guide - Planning permissionJim's Guide - Easily find land registry details for a propertyJim's Guide - Private swimming pools - Part 1 - Theory
Jim's Guide - The Nota Simple & property purchase
Jim's Guide - Land Registry part 1 - Catastro
Jim's Guide - Land Registry part 2 - Registro de la Propiedad

Utilities in Spain

Smart meters and Iberdrola Distribution
Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 1 - Bills & contracted power Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 2 - Plans & prices
Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 3 - Online Access Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 4 - Changing suppliers Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 5 - General electrical matters

OAP discount cards

OAP discount card - Tarjeta del Mayores

Wood burners

Wood burners Wood for a log burner and barbecue

Mail and telephone

Mailing & telephone preference service Movistar landline answering service Jim's Tip - Correos prices 2020

Spanish Language

Spanish Language - where did the ñ come from? Spanish Language - Where the names of the days came fromJim's Guide - Spanish Names

and finally...

Jim's Guide - Amazon ES delivery options
How to use the search function on this websiteHow to save a guide as a PDF
Life, the Universe and Everything Life, the Universe and Everything - A follow upJim's Guide - Painting tips
Jim's Guide - Paint sources & translations

What a lovely couple you and your wife are ... just going to go through your guide in chunk size pieces

Thank you Jim

Les

CathW

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:03am

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:03am

Dear Jim and Alex - this is amazingly helpful and I thank you for taking the time to explain all of this so simply and in so much detail.  This is VERY much appreciated.  Thank you!

mal johnson

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48pm

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48pm

Once again Jim has come to the rescue to keep everyone thinking of settling in Spain up to date with relevant and useful information, although I'm not quite at that stage of life yet, (work getting in the way), I would also like to say a big thank you to him and to Alex for this helpful post.

tashnfin

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:47pm

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Joined: 18 Jul 2018

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:47pm

Thank you so much jim and alex

Amazing advice

Linda57

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:04pm

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Location: Orihuela Costa

Joined: 11 Sep 2017

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:04pm

Alex wrote on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am:

Our very helpful member Jim has put together lots of informative guides on everything you need to know about living in Spain. We have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and Jim or any of our other members can help you with your queries....

...

The NIE

Jim's Guide - The NIE - Part 1 - TheoryJim's Guide - The NIE - Part 2 - Practice

Residency in Spain

Jim's Guide - First time residency applicants
Jim's Guide - What new residents need to be aware of
Jim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 1 - TheoryJim's guide - The Residency certificate - Part 2 - Practice Jim's Guide - Residency and non-residency certificates
Jim's Guide - Transfer from residency certificate to TIE - EX-23
Moving to Spain and residencia for non-EU citizen
Jim's Guide - Returning to the UK

The Padron

The Padrón Orihuela online padrón How to apply for Padron in Almoradi Jim's Guide - Illegally registering on the padrón

Banking in Spain

Jim's Tip - Basic bank account €3 per month Jim's Guide - Banking and financial terminology

How Brexit will affect living in Spain

Jim's Guide - Visiting the EU post-Brexit - Part 1 - The 90 day rule The Draft Brexit Agreement Pet travel to Europe after Brexit Post-Brexit entry visa requirements to take up residency in Spain Post-Brexit entry requirements to visit Spain - best case scenario
Post-Brexit entry requirements to visit Spain - worst case scenario Driving in the UK post-Brexit
Jim's Guide - The no-deal Brexit lawJim's Guide - New legislation re the no-deal Brexit law
Jim's Guide - Brexit - No-Deal Readiness Report
Jim's Guide - The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
Jim's Tip - Brexit helpline

Healthcare in Spain

Emergency travel to hospital or health centre Access your medical records Convenio Especial - buy into state health care Making a doctor's appointment online The right to health? - Real Decreto-ley 7 2018
Jim's Guide - New repeat prescriptions system

Insurance and Wills in Spain

Spanish Wills UK Wills Lasting Power of Attorney Wills for less than €60
Jim's Guide - Living Wills

Residents income tax in Spain

Residents' Income Tax - Gaining access to do your tax return Residents' Income Tax - Ways of doing your tax return
Residents' Income Tax - Owning a second property, including in the UK Residents' Income Tax - Becoming resident part way through the year Residents' Income Tax - Tax paid in the UK Residents' Income Tax - UK HMRC De-Registration - Giving the Inland Revenue the elbow! Residents' Income Tax - Fines and penalties Residents' Income Tax - Lump Sums Residents' Income Tax - Annuities Residents' Income Tax - How Income Is Categorised Residents' Income Tax - Allowances Residents' Income Tax - Declaration Thresholds Residents' Income Tax - General overview of residents' income taxJim's Guide - Residents' Income Tax - Gaining access to do your 2019 tax return
Jim's Guide - Residents' Income Tax - How to do the 2019 return
Jim's Guide - Residents' Income Tax - 2019 exchange rates

Non-residents income tax in Spain

Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 1 - Theory, no rental income Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 2 - Tax return, no rental income Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 3 - Paying the tax Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 4 - Rental income Jim's Guide - Non-resident tax - Part 5 - Other taxes Non-Resident tax returns for €20 inc payment

Other tax advice in Spain

Jim's Guide - Suma Registering with Agencia Tributaria
The Double Taxation Agreement & its implications [email protected] Electronic certificates

Driving in Spain

Spanish driving test theory
The ITV Test
Spanish Traffic Law book in English Replacing lost or stolen vehicle documents Change of address for a vehicle Permission to use your car DGT driving fines How to pay a DGT driving fine
Road tax
Jim's Guide - Scrapping a vehicleJim's Guide - Sources of car spares
Jim's Guide - Vehicle accident report form

Driving licences in Spain

The driving license explained The driving license medical test
Driving license change of address Getting a replacement driving license Share your UK driving licence information Driving license points system Exchange a UK driving license for Spanish Driving license renewal

Buying a used car in Spain

Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 1 - Introduction Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 2 - Informe del vehículo Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 3 - CompraVenta and the purchase Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 4 - Transfer tax Jim's Guide - Buying a used car - Part 5 - Doing the transfer

Property in Spain

Jim's Tip - Property Purchase Guide Jim's Guide - Letting agents must now submit reports to Agencia Tributaria - Modelo 179 Jim's Guide - Planning permissionJim's Guide - Easily find land registry details for a propertyJim's Guide - Private swimming pools - Part 1 - Theory
Jim's Guide - The Nota Simple & property purchase
Jim's Guide - Land Registry part 1 - Catastro
Jim's Guide - Land Registry part 2 - Registro de la Propiedad

Utilities in Spain

Smart meters and Iberdrola Distribution
Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 1 - Bills & contracted power Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 2 - Plans & prices
Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 3 - Online Access Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 4 - Changing suppliers Jim's Guide - Iberdrola Part 5 - General electrical matters

OAP discount cards

OAP discount card - Tarjeta del Mayores

Wood burners

Wood burners Wood for a log burner and barbecue

Mail and telephone

Mailing & telephone preference service Movistar landline answering service Jim's Tip - Correos prices 2020

Spanish Language

Spanish Language - where did the ñ come from? Spanish Language - Where the names of the days came fromJim's Guide - Spanish Names

and finally...

Jim's Guide - Amazon ES delivery options
How to use the search function on this websiteHow to save a guide as a PDF
Life, the Universe and Everything Life, the Universe and Everything - A follow upJim's Guide - Painting tips
Jim's Guide - Paint sources & translations

Jim your information is invaluable and your advice is second to none Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda x

briret

Posted: Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:56am

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Posted: Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:56am

Hi Jim

Absolutely excellent and invaluable 

Happy new year

Brian

CathW

Posted: Thu Jan 3, 2019 5:53pm

Posts: 30

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Location: Los Montesinos

Joined: 28 Feb 2017

Posted: Thu Jan 3, 2019 5:53pm

HI Jim and everyone else and happy New Year.  I really appreciated all of this information and it was helpful in trying to help us decide which paperwork we needed and how to go about getting it.  Our situation is unusual in that we spend our year between the Republic of Ireland and Spain, spending roughtly 6 each in total in each country (2 x 3-months in each).  We are both retired UK citizens but I also have an Irish passport.  Now we were all set to get the Residentia but I have now received the following advice and I quote:

"By getting Residencia in Spain you are saying that you live in Spain full time. This is why you need a padron for Residencia because your permanent address would be in Spain. Also when the DWP issues an S1 form it can only be sent to a Spanish address and you would be telling them you have left the UK."

This person recommends that we do NOT get the residential as we are not in Spain full time but I was under the impression that it was a legal requirement if in Spain more than 3 months.  They also stated that we should apply for the Padron, when again I thought that we should not for the same reason that we are not in Spain permanently.  Is anyone able to clarify please?

With many thanks and best wishes

Cath

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