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There is always something happening in the ANDALUSIA region and the following articles showcase some of these events.

Please select an item of interest below and check back regularly to see the latest.

Golden Visa11 March 2018
 Golden Visa
The Golden Visa program offers a real estate investment route to gaining residency in Spain. The Golden Visa program is flexible in terms of the family options it offers however it is restrictive when it comes to the route to citizenship. Government fees are low and the process is quick. It is ideal for residency but less so for those requiring a second passport. An investment of €500,000 is required in real estate in Spain. The property, either residential or commercial, can be rented for income. Any number of properties can combine to make up the €500,000 minimum investment. Joint buyers can combine investments into one property. The property can be mortgaged for any investment exceeding the minimum.

Jamon - Explained11 February 2018
Jamón in Spain is so coveted that there is such a thing as a Denominación de Orígen seal, which ensures they meet the standards and last year. Not only does the taste and quality depend on the breed of the pig, it also depends on what it is fed and how & where it is raised and processed.

Inheritance Tax - new changes from 201809 February 2018
 Inheritance Tax
Did you know there is a new law from 2018 involving inheritance tax in Andalucia? The change will mean 95% of inheritors in Andalusia will no longer need to pay inheritance tax on inheriting assets from their parents or spouse which is a welcome respite.

New regulations for vehicles being taken for their ITV08 February 2018
 ITV station
New regulations have come into force across the country for vehicles being taken for their ITV. Now people will have to present car insurance certificates before the test is undertaken. Anyone unable to present such documentation will find that their vehicle will not pass the test.

Energy Performance Certificate08 February 2018
 Energy Performance Certificate
An energy performance certificate is a report that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption and also gives recommendations on how to save money and make your home more efficient. It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from "A" (the most efficient) to "G" (the less efficient).

Rute - The Christmas City 17 December 2017
Rute – The Christmas City – in the heart of the Cordoba Subbetica where you can journey through the aromas and flavours of marzipan, nougat, chocolate, jamon and anisette bringing back memories of Christmas past.

Spain’s unique ‘El Gordo’ is the second oldest in the world17 December 2017
 El Gordo
Spain’s unique ‘El Gordo’ (The Fat One), the second oldest in the world, takes place on December 22nd and is by far the biggest in Spain and the richest in the world. Every year at Christmas, Spaniards go lottery mad, queuing for hours to buy their tickets for the famous Christmas lottery and this year it is bigger than ever.

New holiday rental regulations in Southern Spain10 March 2016
 Spanish Rental Homes
New regulations for tourist property rentals are being introduced in Southern Spain that require owners to register and meet various requirements. After years of debate, the Junta de Andalucía (the regional government) has finally passed Decree 28/2016, concerning properties that are rented as tourist accommodation across the region. Under the regulations, owners must register, meet requirements, hold a license, and be subject to inspection or liable for large fines, if they do not comply. The decree, which comes into force in May 2016, just in time for the tourism season, aims to regulate the thousands of transactions between owners and tenants who rent properties for their holidays every year.

Driving News10 March 2016
 Driving Rule Change
Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has proposed changes to the General Traffic Regulations, which will allow Mopeds & Motorcycles to travel on the hard shoulder when traffic is stationery, providing that the speed is kept below 30km and the driver exercises extreme caution.

New Regulations for Spanish Wills28 October 2014
 Spanish Wills
European Regulation 650/2012, will be applicable to EU citizens deceased on or after the 17th August 2015. The applicable law to the Succession will be the law of the country where the deceased had his/her habitual residence at the time of death, unless they choose expressly at the time of making the Will for his/her national Law. Residents in Spain will have to be careful to include in their wills the choice of inheritance law (either their own national law or the Spanish law). To give an example, if you are English and living in Spain, and you die on or after 17/08/2015, your succession will be governed by Spanish Inheritance Law, unless you have opted for your national law. In other words in most cases foreign EU residents will have to draft a new Spanish will.

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