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As a seller, you can find yourself facing the situation of wanting to sell your mortgaged house. Of first it can seem a problem, but the solutions are several. It should be borne in mind that each case has its own needs, in this post we will detail the different circumstances that you may have to face and we will analyze them. ...continue reading "Can I sell a house with the mortgage pending payment?"

A tribunal of the Spanish Supreme court recently ruled that banks, not borrowers should pay the tax incurred by notarising and inscribing a mortgage deed, overturning a previous ruling in the opposite direction. Though apparently good news for borrowers, this ruling has left the highest court in the land at sixes and sevens, and plunged the Spanish mortgage market into confusion, with negative implications for the housing market. ...continue reading "The Spanish Supreme Court will decide who should pay the mortgage tax on November 5"

Up to 50,000 people in Malaga province, and possibly millions across Spain, could be in line for a large refund from lenders on their mortgage payments after a surprise EU ruling. This includes many foreign owners with mortgages in Spain and analysts said that payouts could reach four billion euros.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg ruled that Spanish banks that had loaned money to homebuyers on variable interest rates were breaking European law when they refused to pass on the savings from the dramatic fall in interest rates after 2009 by enforcing the so-called ...continue reading "Millions of home owners in line for payouts over bank loan abuse"

Six out of every 10 evictions in the Spanish capital are taking place in public housing units that have been sold over recent years by the Madrid regional government and City madridHall to investment funds, according to data included in a report from the Treasury Ministry.

According to the data in the ministry report, of the 111 eviction cases registered between February and June of this year, 65 were in houses that had been sold by Madrid administrations.

Between February and June, the report states, there were 50 evictions that took place in properties sold by the Municipal Company for Housing and Land (EMVS) to an investment fund. Another five evictions took place in flats sold by the Madrid Housing Institute (Ivima) to another fund; and 10 more were related to housing from the EMVS and Ivima. In total, 65 of 111.

In terms of evictions carried out by banks, the report registers 17, which works out at 15%, while another 29 evictions were brought about by private landlords. There were also 73 evictions from illegally occupied properties.
...continue reading "60% of Madrid evictions are from public flats sold to investment funds"

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Spain’s Constitutional Court has suspended - provisionally - the law passed by the Junta de Andalucía in October to prevent families with limited financial resources being evicted from their homes.

46353_1251686_foto_1The law, described as a measure to ensure the social function of a property, allowed the authority to temporarily expropriate the use of a property repossessed by a bank so that its original owners could still live in it.

The Constitutional Court has admitted the central government appeal against the law designed by the Junta de Andalucía to ease home evictions by temporarily expropriating the use of houses seized by banks and allowing their owners to continue living in them.

The Andalusian law was passed on October 1st and revoked a previous decree on the same matter which had been passed in April and was also the subject of an appeal on grounds of it being unconstitutional.
...continue reading "Andalucía’s Anti-eviction Law Suspended by Court"