I wonder if someone could help me with a question I have about a property purchase we are proceeding with on the Canary Islands please?
We are buying a house on La Palma, but the descriptions on the Escritura and Catastral documents don’t match: the Escritura says that the house sits on 943 square metres of land, but the Catastral says 678 square metres. We have had the land surveyed by a local “technico” who has calculated it as being about 715 square metres,
We were told by the estate agent that the extra land had been made into a road which has now been acquired by the ayuntamiento, and this has been reflected on the updated Catastral document.
Do you think this is a problem? If so, should we ensure that the documents are brought into line by the vendors before we sign the contract of sale? I understand this might be a lengthy process, so would it be a problem (and maybe a big expense too) if we have to correct these documents ourselves after the sale goes through?
When in doubt, go with the Catastre information. It’s usually more reliable.
If you are happy with the property at the smaller size then it shouldn’t be a problem. Just get the deeds updated when you go to see the notary to sign the deeds. The vendor should pay all the costs associated with updating the deeds.
It’s a common problem in the Canaries. The documents only indicate the area, not the measurements. You get what is physically within the boundary walls. Probably better leaving things as they are – you pay tax on what is on the Catastral!
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