In June 2020, a new regulation came into force in the region of Valencia (Law 6/2020 of 5th June). This has had a great impact on the property market of the region.
This new regulation states that the region of Valencia is entitled to exercise the right of first refusal and withdrawal. This is for any property transaction made within the region.
Therefore, before a sale is completed in the region of Valencia, the owner must apply for such an authorisation to the government of the region of Valencia.
A sale cannot been completed now without this authorisation at a Notary.
The properties that need this authorisation are:
It doesn´t matter how many owners owned the property before you, if a Bank was once an owner of your house, you need the authorisation.
It is important to understand that an owner must prove that the house is not affected by this regulation. Therefore, an owner needs an certificate from the Land Registry office. This will show the house is not affected by this Law for completion at the Notary.
The certificate from the Registry could take 4/5 days
The authorisation from the Region of Valencia could take up to 2 months.
If documentation is not correct at the Notary, completion cannot take place.
Now more than ever, it is important that a qualified professional such as a lawyer deals with sale and purchase of property in Spain. Many property owners will not realise regarding this new law if selling their property. Nor nor how to go about obtaining relevant authorisations.