Buying in Spain after Brexit | Security permit

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Buying in Spain after Brexit – Those buyers from the UK and other none EU member Countries need to be aware of a law dating back to the Franco era, the states that such buyers.

If the property is within 60km of a location deemed to be a “Security Location” you will be required to obtain a security permit, these can take a long period of time to obtain, depending on the location. From our information, the biggest effect will be on the area around South Costa Blanca and Murcia which attracts the largest number of British buyers.

Which areas require a permit?

All in all, the legislation covers around 1,500 municipalities. And it isn’t just areas that are close to military bases. It also affects Spain’s borders with France and Portugal, as well as urban areas close to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Bay of Cádiz, the Galician coast.

The law affects locations that are renowned for being expat fan favourites — a fact that will likely be a cause of concern for many British expats. The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are covered by the law, and so are many towns up and down the southern Costa del Sol.

The law shouldn’t affect property in metropolitical, built-up areas. Or as the Spanish call it: “núcleos urbanos consolidados”. Yet, any rural real estate that comes under the restrictions will likely be affected.

If you are looking at Buying in Spain after Brexit,  Check if the area falls into one of these areas before committing to buy. This applies if the home is for full time or part time living.

How long does the process take?

Obtaining the permit is said to take a minimum of two to four months and a maximum of six months. So… a good while.

It’s also possible that if and when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted and people are able to relocate internationally once more, there could be a backlog in applications. This may result in the process taking longer.

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