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Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:59pm
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steve58

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Hopefully we have completed our purchase for our little holiday hideaway today and we will be coming over in Feb to start tidying up.

I have made some requests on here before and received fantastic help and advice  also done some research and the general view is to get recommendations from the locals so here goes.

we want to repaint the front of the house and take down a broken awning for repair or replacement (straightforward I think so far)

I want the electricity  installation checked for safety as some of the plug sockets appear burnt particularly the one that has had the water heater plugged into it ( can someone reccomend a good local  english speaking electrician who can do this for us)

we want to take down an internal wall around a downstairs bathroom and fit a new kitchen but want to make sure it is safe and legal to do so 

so please an English speaking builder with local plumbing knowledge would be great.

I believe that you seem to need permits and permissions for everything and I do not want to wind up in a dispute with anybody least of all the law so any advice guidance or recommendations would be very welcomed indeed.

thanks folks.

Steve & Bev.

PeteKnight

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Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:35am

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Location: Villamartin

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:35am

If you’re on an urbanisation then it would be worth talking to the president or the administration company to see what the local rules are. Some urbanisations will have rules about the outside appearance of the property, including the colours that can be used. I know of one that dictates the colour of the external blinds.

A few urbanisations also appear to have rules about what changes can be made internally within properties. These are in addition to the rules imposed by the local town hall regarding building permits etc.

Pete.

steve58

steve58

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Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:24am

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Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:24am

Thanks for the reply Pete,

do you know who the president is or how to contact him or her and also the administration people. 

Thanks Steve.

PeteKnight

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Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:28am

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:28am

If you were on Spain it should be easy to find that out - just take a wander around the community facilities and look at the notice boards. As it sounds like you’re in the U.K. at the moment then ask your solicitor - they should have been in touch with the community administrators to check that there are no outstanding disputes, issues or bills relating to the property.

Pete.

steve58

steve58

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Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:24pm

Posts: 15

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:24pm

thanks Pete,

ill ask the question when they contact me,

thanks.Steve.

ColinL

Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:06am

Posts: 33

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:06am

steve58 wrote:

Hopefully we have completed our purchase for our little holiday hideaway today and we will be coming over in Feb to start tidying up.

I have made some requests on here before and received fantastic help and advice  also done some research and the general view is to get recommendations from the locals so here goes.

we want to repaint the front of the house and take down a broken awning for repair or replacement (straightforward I think so far)

I want the electricity  installation checked for safety as some of the plug sockets appear burnt particularly the one that has had the water heater plugged into it ( can someone reccomend a good local  english speaking electrician who can do this for us)

we want to take down an internal wall around a downstairs bathroom and fit a new kitchen but want to make sure it is safe and legal to do so 

so please an English speaking builder with local plumbing knowledge would be great.

I believe that you seem to need permits and permissions for everything and I do not want to wind up in a dispute with anybody least of all the law so any advice guidance or recommendations would be very welcomed indeed.

thanks folks.

Steve & Bev.

Firstly, congratulations and good luck with your new purchase. We were in the same position this time last year and got our keys in June. From the start we knew we wanted to do a relatively easy job of adding a rooftop solarium and it was amazing how many people knew people who knew people who could do the work for us. We got around 5 quotes and the advice regarding licences and permits ranged from "you definitely don't need them" to "just ignore the authorities and do it anyway, everyone else does". Having done more research we've discovered there are lots of rules and regulations to make sure any work is legal - we've heard a few horror stories of the police driving round work in progress and fining the owners (not the builders) for starting work without the necessary paperwork. We've also heard about problems in selling altered properties that don't have the right legal deeds etc - these are likely not be unmortgageable. It's hard enough to sell in Spain without the correct escritura and even if estate agents appear to dismiss the importance of this, be very careful! In the end, we have gone for a very well known local builder who has proved his insurance and legal status to do the work and we've also paid a small premium to have the job project manager. The cost is only a little more than our other quotes but priceless in terms of peace of mind and ensuring no problems down the line if/when we sell. Good luck - don't let this response put you off, definitely worth doing the work if you want to but please please get it done legally.  Looking around, there's lots of questionable extensions around us and I dread to think what will happen if the owners try to sell.

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