"First" agency fined under D/218 law


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    Duchy Estates based in the costa del sol has been fined “thousands of euros” for being in breach of Decree 218.

    Duchy Estates was found to have breached two sections of the decree, 1) “Documento Informativo Abreviado” (DIA); and a Ficha Informativa (FI) – similar to the Home Information Packs (HIPS).

    Both documents must be ready to produce to a prospective buyer that enters any estate agency in Andalucia – even if the person is simply enquiring about the property.

    The MD of Duchy Estate said that he was unaware of this requirement and that he has warned some 600 other agents.

    Slowly, slowly catchy monkey, but one day I am sure Spain will have the same (or better) protection for their purchasers that the UK consumer has benefited from since the 1979 Estate Agencies Act.


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