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Trying to get Residency Permit

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:27am
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Kevin2025

Posts: 13

Location: Elviria

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This is a long shot, but I have been advised in the UK to try and get a Residence Permit to enhance my chances of retiring to the Costa del Sol post Brexit. Clearly I would need a residential address in the area. Without risking arrest or imprisonment, is there any way I could get an address (perhaps pay for an address until we are able to move in a couple of years)? May be a daft idea but thought I’d give it a try

Maxster

Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:31pm

Posts: 21

Location: Mijas Golf

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Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:31pm

Hi Kevin, not saying it's the right way but having lived in Spain on and off for the past 30yrs and owned and rented throughout that period I have made plenty of good decisions and bad. If I could give any advice it would be thus. 

If I did it all again I would set a budget for a property in Spain, then instead of buying said property I would spend that amount on a property in England, find a respectable letting agent and leave it to them to do their job, I would then rent a place in Spain for same amount (there abouts).

My reason is, if you buy in Spain you may fall out of love with the town , area, neighbours or way of life. Their laws and especially taxes are complicated and rarely come down in the favour of the British regarding any dispute. Your money invested in bricks and mortar in UK is safe and always will be. Expats I knew when reaching old age nearly always return home and then have the problem of selling up.

Last year I rented an apartment for €700 p/m, had a wonderful time but now want see elsewhere with no ties.

Kevin2025

Kevin2025

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Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:18pm

Posts: 13

Location: Elviria

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Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:18pm

Hi Maxster. Really appreciate the advice. We had something similar in mind, and would definitely rent initially. I’m concerned that, given Brexit, it might be a non starter anyway as I am a few years off retirement. I had this idea that if I could get a Residence Permit it might just give us a better chance post Brexit. Maybe it’s a daft idea because I would need an address in Spain I know. Someone had said I might be able to get an address by some means but they may be mistaken. All advice is always welcomed, including your wise w

Maxster

Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:50pm

Posts: 21

Location: Mijas Golf

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Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:50pm

Hi again Kevin, personally I can't see any change regarding the British situation in Spain after brexit, after all the costas' income is totally through tourism. I've met many that regretted taking up residencia and so signing up for tax. Rent as a tourist, if love it after a time then sign up, don't commit from day one. By the way there's some great healthcare schemes including helicopter emergency and private hospitals from around €100 p/m for two people.

Kevin2025

Kevin2025

Original Poster

Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:20pm

Posts: 13

Location: Elviria

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Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:20pm

Many thanks again Maxster. I’ll sit tight and hope for the best. Very interesting about the healthcare schemes - thought they would be considerably more. All the very best.

Jane1817

Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:39pm

Posts: 89

Location: Frigiliana

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Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:39pm

Been advised by our solicitor  to wait till after brexit to get residencia, they need us here for their economy and tourism they are not going to kick us out, they rely on us, and they know we could kick out th spanish in uk

Kevin2025

Kevin2025

Original Poster

Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:19pm

Posts: 13

Location: Elviria

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Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:19pm

Hi Jane. Thanks for the information. I’m feeling a little more confident about my prospects for tetire

graham50

Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:36am

Posts: 19

Location: Torremolinos

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Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:36am

Hi Maxster. I think you don't need to have residencia to get caught for tax. Once you have a property they charge you for a notional income based on the cadastral value of the property, whether you are making any income or not. Outrageous.

graham50

Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:38am

Posts: 19

Location: Torremolinos

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Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:38am

Hi again Maxster. Sorry I forgot to ask - the healthcare companies you mentioned at the end, do you have any contact details? 

Maxster

Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:55am

Posts: 21

Location: Mijas Golf

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Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:55am

Hi Graham, it's called Helicopteros Sanitarios, they've offices in Puerto Banus and Los Boliches

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