Certificate of Antiquity

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    • #53856
      Anonymous
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      I have just read on the questions and answers page of this website that

      A certificate of antiquity can be issued by either a qualified architect or the town hall, and certifies that a structure has existed for a certain amount of time. In most cases, and in most parts of Spain, owners need this document to prove that a structure has existed for over 4 years, which means that it is safe from demolition, even if it is illegal. You have to apply for this certificate, usually by paying an architect to produce one. Note that most architects will not lie about the age of the property, as doing so risks jail, so best to be sure that a property is over 4 years old before requesting this certificate.

      This certificate does not make a structure legal, just protects it from demolition, and can never be obtained if the town hall has already registered an infraction, or if the structure is on certain types of land, for example municipal public zones.

      The second part of this is what I am querying. “It does not make the structure legal.”

      If this certificate can be used to register the property in the Land Registry then does this not make it “legal”?

    • #80922
      Inez
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      In view of the current debacle in MArbella and other areas, did you really need to ask that question??

      A property with nota simple and in the town hall can still be illegal! And demolished!!

    • #80722
      Inez
      Participant

      In view of the current debacle in MArbella and other areas, did you really need to ask that question??

      A property with nota simple and in the town hall can still be illegal! And demolished!!

    • #80939
      Anonymous
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      I ask the question as I am wondering whether I should be spending out 4,500€ to register my property in order to sell it, using the above mentioned guidelines, or just knock it down and return to the UK penniless.

    • #80739
      Anonymous
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      I ask the question as I am wondering whether I should be spending out 4,500€ to register my property in order to sell it, using the above mentioned guidelines, or just knock it down and return to the UK penniless.

    • #80942
      Inez
      Participant

      ah – then you need a lawyer to explain it properly. If the certificate doesnt make it legal, will anyone buy it? A spaniard who understands his county and wont be so worried might do.

      Good luck

    • #80742
      Inez
      Participant

      ah – then you need a lawyer to explain it properly. If the certificate doesnt make it legal, will anyone buy it? A spaniard who understands his county and wont be so worried might do.

      Good luck

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