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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:44am
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Emma76

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Hi.

We are looking to buy s property (villa or townhouse) in or near Benidorm, like albir in the next couple of years. We would also like to buy a property to rent out (about €95.000). Our son and daughter will be 18 and 20. They cannot speak Spanish. How will they find living there at their ages? and will they find work? My husband is a self employed builder.

Thanks, Emma..

tebo53

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:16am

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:16am

Hi,

I live in the Rincon area of Benidorm and love it here. Your family will have no problem living here as they will be accepted as UK expats. Living in Benidorm or Albir, there is no real need to speak Spanish as such on a daily basis.

Finding work is a very different matter. The type of work generally available in Benidorm and surrounding area is bar work, hotel or cleaning work. There is very high unemployment rate in the Benidorm area and locals are putting their names on lists and touting for work everywhere. Most jobs go to people who they know. Speaking Spanish will be very important then.

You mentioned coming to live in Spain in a couple of years time. That will be after Brexit. The UK will be treated like any other non EU country and nobody knows yet of the legal requirements for living in Spain. At the moment you each would need to prove that you have enough income to satisfy the authorities that you won't become a burden on the state and prove you have full healthcare for you and all your dependants. You will need to apply for residency within the first 90 days of arriving in Spain. 

Steve 

Cheryl

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:25am

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:25am

Davebev1's guides: Renting out your property as a holiday let in Spain 

Have a read of this for all the information you need about tourist lets. Before lockdown it was taking up to 18 months to get a licence in some areas although I have no knowledge of  Benidorm in particular.

Then read through Jim's Guides for all there is to know about the red tape involved in moving here including healthcare and Autonomo (self employed).

Any work that is available post lockdown will be low paid, long hours, seasonal and probably without a contract in bars or restaurants for your children and your husband will be competing against not just the Spanish but many Brit builders already here including those with the Ryanair multi trades certificate who will be working cash in hand. Without speaking Spanish he will be restricted to Brit clients most of whom will be on a fixed income and it will be difficult to get decent rates from suppliers even if he can get them to understand what he needs.

I'm sorry to sound so negative but that is the situation here. Only Greece has higher unemployment rates.

tebo53

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:41pm

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:41pm

Also read "Jim's Guides" that can be found in the drop down list of the menu on the left hand side of the page. 

They are invaluable guides to everything you need to know about living legally in Spain. 

Steve 

Emma76

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:02pm

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:02pm

tebo53 wrote on Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:16am:

Hi,

I live in the Rincon area of Benidorm and love it here. Your family will have no problem living here as they will be accepted as UK expats. Living in Benidorm or Albir, there is no real need to speak Spanish as such on a daily basis.

Finding work is a very different matter. The type of work generally available in Benidorm and surrounding area is bar work, hotel or cleaning work. There is very high unemployment rate in the Benidorm area and locals are putting their names on lists and touting for work everywhere. Most jobs go to people who they know. Speaking Spanish will be very important then.

You mentioned coming to live in Spain in a couple of years time. That will be after Brexit. The UK will be treated like any other non EU country and nobody knows yet of the legal requirements for living in Spain. At the moment you each would need to prove that you have enough income to satisfy the authorities that you won't become a burden on the state and prove you have full healthcare for you and all your dependants. You will need to apply for residency within the first 90 days of arriving in Spain. 

Steve 

Thankyou for your response. Something to consider.

Emma.

Emma76

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:36pm

Emma76

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Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:36pm

Cheryl wrote on Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:25am:

Davebev1's guides: Renting out your property as a holiday let in Spain 

Have a read of this for all the information you need about tourist lets. Before lockdown it was taking up to 18 months to get a licence in some areas although I have no knowledge of  Benidorm in particular.

Then read through Jim's Guides for all there is to know about the red tape inv...

...olved in moving here including healthcare and Autonomo (self employed).

Any work that is available post lockdown will be low paid, long hours, seasonal and probably without a contract in bars or restaurants for your children and your husband will be competing against not just the Spanish but many Brit builders already here including those with the Ryanair multi trades certificate who will be working cash in hand. Without speaking Spanish he will be restricted to Brit clients most of whom will be on a fixed income and it will be difficult to get decent rates from suppliers even if he can get them to understand what he needs.

I'm sorry to sound so negative but that is the situation here. Only Greece has higher unemployment rates.

Ok, thankyou for your honest advise.

Emma.

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