Landlord and Tenants’ Rights in Spain

Landlord and tenants rights in Spain are regulated by The "Ley de Arrendamiento Urbano (LAU 29/1994)", learn what rights have both in Spain.

Tenants Rights in Spain

Introduction

Known in Spanish as the Ley de Arrendamiento Urbano (LAU 29/1994) this law forms the basis of the rules that regulate landlord and tenants rights in Spain.

In Spain the leasing of a property for residential purposes is distinguished from other types of leases – such as commercial businesses, for example. A lease is said to be for residential purposes when it is satisfying the need for a permanent home for the tenant in a habitable property.

A residential letting having been determined, the LAU applies to the primary building as well as any other land or structures connected to the property.

LAU 29/1994 has been amended in a number of important respects – please see our blog post Tenancy Laws in Spain Overhauled to Boost Rental Market

Minimum Duration of Leases

The duration of a residential lease may be freely agreed between the landlord and tenant, though, if it is for less than five years, the lease becomes renewable on a yearly basis. This is obligatory and may not be avoided unless agreed to by the tenant.

That said, if the contract contains an express provision to the effect that the property will be required for the landlord’s own habitual residence within the five year period, a contract may be made for less than five years.

Note should be taken, that failure on the part of the landlord to occupy the property may result in damages arising in favour of the tenant.

At the end of the five year period, if neither of the parties informs the other of an intention to not renew the lease, the lease becomes automatically renewable on a yearly basis for a further period of three years unless the tenant gives one months notice of an intention to quit.

The Deposit

Upon signing the contract there is a legal obligation on the tenant to provide a deposit of one month’s rent. The deposit will stay in the possession of the landlord until the lease period has ended.

At the end of the lease, the landlord has one month to return the deposit. If it is necessary to use part of the deposit to return the property to its condition prior to the leasing, the balance should be repaid within one month following the termination of the lease.

The deposit may not be used instead of the final month’s rent. It should be noted that the tenant in Spain is liable for any wear and tear through normal usage of the property, unless otherwise agreed.

So, any repairs that need to be carried out are paid for with the deposit, and any left over is returned to the tenant.

The only legally recognized deposit is to the value of one-months rent.

Rent and Rent Reviews

The rent may be freely agreed between the parties and is payable monthly unless otherwise agreed. The landlord may only change the rent once a year on the anniversary of the signing of the contract and it must be amended as per the prevailing inflation rate (IPC in Spain).

After the end of the five year period the rent may be freely agreed once again (lease review) or, if there is no communication between the parties on this issue, the rent continues as before.

From the fifth year, the rent may be increased by an amount equal to the legal interest plus 3% on any investment made to improve the property, with a maximum increase in the rent of 20% being the limit.

Rights and Obligations

The landlord and tenant both have a number of reciprocal rights and obligations (residential lettings emanate from property law in Spain):

  • The right of first refusal on the sale of the home
  • If the home is repossessed or otherwise affected by a court order the tenant retains the right to remain in the property for a period up to five years from the signing of the lease
  • If the home is sole, the new owner must respect the existence of the tenancy
  • If the tenants are spouses who divorce, any spouse who did not sign the lease may nonetheless continue to live in the property even though the spouse who signed is no longer living there
  • The tenant may not make modifications to the property without the consent of the landlord though a disabled tenant may make the necessary refurbishments to make the property adequate for their needs
  • The tenant must advise the landlord of the need to carry-out any repairs and permit any necessary refurbishment by the landlord
  • Wear and tear shall be the responsibility of the tenant and the tenant shall have responsibility for minor repairs
  • The landlord has at all times an obligation to maintain the property in a habitable condition, unless the deterioration is the fault of the tenant
  • If any refurbishment carried out by the landlord lasts more than 20 days, the tenant is entitled to a reduction in the rent equal to the proportion of the property that is effectively denied to the tenant while the refurbishments are carried-out.

State Fiscal Benefits for Landlords

The net profit obtained after subtracting the costs from rental income may be reduced by 50% where the property is used as the principal home of the tenant.

The deduction may be increased to 100% where the tenant is between the ages of 18 and 35 and has an income over €7,236. Where there is more than one tenant, their income is added proportionately. If the reduction of 100% would result in a negative(less than 0) outcome, then only a 50% reduction may be applied.

It is required that the tenant facilitate a number of personal details to the landlord so that these may be submitted in support of the claim for this deduction against income tax.

State Fiscal Benefits for Tenants

Where tenants are earning less that €24,000 they may make a deduction for income tax purposes of 10.05% of the rent paid in that tax year. The maximum taxable base upon which this deduction applies is €9,015 for those earning less than €12,000 and reduces according to a sliding scale up to €24,000.

Regional Fiscal Benefits

There are a number of tax benefits to both owning and renting properties that are available at a regional level. More information can be found on these benefits  by  viewing the section on  ‘Property Law By Region’ on the lefts side of this page .

What Information Must Be Included in a Rental Contract?

A valid contract for a residential letting must specify: the identity of the contracting parties, the specific property to be leased, the duration of the lease, the rent to be paid at the beginning of the lease as well as any terms that the parties have contracted (if they are to be given effect to).

The lease should be written in Spanish, though this does not mean that there cannot be a version in the language of the prospective tenants.

Contract duration

This varies according to whether the contract relates to a holiday rental or long-term. If a holiday lease is envisaged, the maximum term is 11 months, whereas long-term residential leases have a minimum term of one year (however specification of a lease as being less than one year in duration does not necessarily convert it to a holiday lease). It is important to check whether there is a penalty for early termination of the contract.

Long-term residential leases may be renewed by the tenant for up to three years, even though the landlord is not in agreement. This is known as prórroga forzosa.

Holiday lets may not be extended without the agreement of the landlord.

There are many other questions relating to deposits, insurance, pets, community rules, state of the property, additional guarantees etc, but it would be necessary to write a book to cover all possible aspects of a lease.

Can the tenant leave before the end of the contract?

No. If the tenant leaves before the end of the lease then provision should be made to pay the remaining months rent, unless otherwise agreed with the landlord.

What causes may terminate the lease?

The landlord may unilaterally terminate the lease in the following circumstances:

  • If the tenant fails to pay the rent
  • If the tenant fails to pay the deposit
  • Sub-letting of the property by the tenant without the landlord’s consent
  • If the tenant damages the property or carries out refurbishments with the express approval of the landlord
  • Where the tenant carries out activities on the property that disturb others, are insanitary, harmful, dangerous or unlawful
  • If the tenant is no longer using the property as their principal residence
  • Failure by the tenant to comply with any other obligation undertaken in the contract

The tenant may terminate the lease where:

  • The landlord fails to maintain the property in a habitable state
  • Where the landlord disturbs the tenant’s actual enjoyment of the property or that use to which there is an entitlement to enjoy

Ensuring the return of deposit monies

To prevent issues arising with the landlord when leaving a rented property, a tenant should:

  • The day before the contract ends or the day before leaving the property,  contact telephone, water, gas and electricity providers to pay the pending bills and to cancel contracts with them. Also, to prevent any incorrect future payments being made from that bank account, better to change the name and details of the billing account. This can be left to the landlord, but we strongly advise that the tenant does this as it takes a very short amount of time and can prevent future upsets with the owner of the property.
  • On the day of leaving the property the tenant must visit the property with the owner to sign documentation regarding the state of the property, and the remaining rights of both parties. If there is no damage, neither party will have any future rights, the keys will be handed in, the deposit will be returned and the contract ends there. Unfortunately, if there is damage, the deposit may be kept by the landlord, and a contract must be signed by both parties stating the remaining rights of each half.
  • Whether or not the property has been left with or without damage, we recommend taking photos of all of the rooms in case they are later needed for proof. The tenant may have to prove in court that the damages were not caused by them, and photos can be a great help.
  • If the landlord refuses to accept the keys back, make sure to send them a burofax or telegram reporting that you’re leaving keys into the post box or similar, always with receipt acknowledged.
  • If 10 days after leaving the property the landlord has not offered to reimburse the deposit or has not presented a written list of damages, make sure to legally demand the return of the deposit, this will help a lot if future legal action is required.

Evictions

For information on this topic go to the guide: Evictions in Spain .

Complaints about noise and other anti-social behaviour

Should other members of the community of owners make complaints to the landlord regarding the behavior of the tenant that is anti-social such as making noise at late hours etc the landlord should relay these complaints to the tenant in an effort to avoid their recurrence.

If such efforts fail and the anti-social behavior continues, the landlord has recourse to the law to terminate the lease.

Who is responsible for household bills?

The community charges and taxes are payable by the tenant only if this is expressly agreed to in the contract. Those bills that are capable of individualization i.e. that can be metered, such as gas, electric, telephone etc are payable by the tenant.

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  • Brenda Killigrew
    Brenda Killigrew, Murcia

    I had a direct phone call from Consuelo , within 24 hours of my first email contact . Was very clear and explained the next stages really well over the telephone.


    The continued emails , were consistent and very helpful . Consuelo dealt with all the stages with a efficient process , that has made the application for the Tourist Licence for my property in Spain very easy. Her persistence with getting the Guardia Civil to issue passwords was impressive , for me to upload information to them as required by law in Spain.


    Thank you Regards Brenda Killigrew


    Nov 29, 2020
  • Don Morris
    Don Morris, Ibiza

    This was not an easy case. The original documents / purchase going back to 1981 with subsequent history of dormant and closed companies to be searched through.


    Cristina was excellent, professional and helpful at every stage - especially in explaining the difficult path to be followed. I would recommend her 100% in every area:


    Responsiveness 100%. Understanding 100%. Value for money 100%. Ability to explain and provide appropriate solutions 100%. Approachability and professionalism 100%


    Nov 24, 2020
  • Matt Hardy
    Matt Hardy, Mallorca

    I thought Rosa was first class. Always helpful, always knowledgeable, and got the job done. I would highly recommend her.


    Also very nice to work with, easy to talk to with a great attitude.


    Nov 09, 2020
  • Abbie Orsini
    Abbie Orsini, Ibiza

    Cristina was amazing and went above and beyond to assist me in every way in my lengthy process.


    Cristina was extremely professional, responded quickly, provided appropriate solutions and explained everything step by step throughout. I’d highly recommend!!!


    Nov 09, 2020
  • Rod Bellis
    Rod Bellis, Mallorca

    Rosa speaks perfect English. She always responded very quickly addressing the issues raised. She explained how the sale of our holiday home in Majorca would progress and was extremely professional.


    During my career I have worked alongside many well known and respected UK law firms. Rosa was their equal.


    She made the whole process seamless and stress free. She was a credit to your organisation. I rate her exceptional.


    Nov 03, 2020
  • Anna
    Anna, Barcelona

    Raffaele got in touch very fast, listened carefully and was very supportive of the matter. Thank you !


    Oct 29, 2020
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    Suzanne Frankling, Sabadell

    Raffaele was extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble. He is also very friendly and his manner puts you at ease straight away. Yes I would use him again and in fact my sister uses his legal services as well.


    If you need a lawyer who speaks fluent English and Spanish (and Italian) and works on your legal matters professionally and without delay, then I strongly recommend contacting Raffaele.


    Oct 28, 2020
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    Paul Kuznecovs, Los Cristianos

    Prompt Response, Full Understanding of what was Required and Possible Problems, Provision of Absolute Value for Money.


    Total Ability to Explain What is Required, Identification of Challenges and Application of Relevant Solutions,


    Meeting in Person Was Not a Problem, Highly Professional - Absolutely Life Changing Experience! Sincere Thanks to Oliver and Family from Kuznecovs Family!!!


    Oct 08, 2020
  • Christopher Horne
    Christopher Horne, Puçol

    I both purchased and sold a property in Spain utilising Francisca's services in both instances. I felt it was essential to use a lawyer as I am from the UK and this was my first experience of buying and selling in Spain and the system, process and tax requirements are very different and I wanted someone experienced and professional to oversee everything and 'hold my hand' through the process.


    It seems that most Spaniards do not utilise a lawyer or use an independent property surveyor and the inmobiliaria/estate agent does a huge amount of additional work compared to what they do back home. This combined with the arras (deposit of thousands of Euros paid directly to the seller to 'secure' the property and take it off the market) made me nervous as it was so different to what I was used to in the UK - in some ways it's a lot better system.


    Like most reading this review, I did a huge amount of internet research when looking for property to buy in Spain and from experience have found that there are many companies set up by Brits and other non-Spaniards that are looking to take advantage of first time buyers from their native countries by putting up flashy websites and charging exorbitant fees - without exception I found that the Spanish inmobiliaria/estate agent, lawyers, etc. were far more professional, hard working and able to get things done at a fair price. The challenge is, if like me, your Spanish language skills are poor to non-existent - my advice to you is to get used to using both Google Translate and WhatsApp on your mobile phone with a data package that works in Spain as these came to my rescue on multiple occasions and are invaluable.


    Francisca's services through both the buying and selling process of my property were exemplary and professional at all times, her fees fair, her communication swift and her level of integrity beyond doubt. Some of Francisca's greatest non-lawyer strengths are her ability to empathise with a non-Spaniard buying property for the fist time in Spain, communicate the system clearly, set the necessary appointments / provide clear directions and generally 'hold your hand' through the process and sooth your nerves when necessary.


    I would have no hesitation in recommending Francisca to anyone requiring the legal services (not just buying/selling property) of a lawyer in Spain and will certainly approach her again should I need such services again. It is rare to find a professional of this level of integrity in any industry or country.


    We need more clones of Francisca across Spain! :-). From my experience, her services and professionalism cannot be improved upon.


    Oct 02, 2020
  • Raymond Dieset
    Raymond Dieset, Barcelona

    Very relaxed and not uptight. All very good.


    Sep 18, 2020
  • Steve Riley
    Steve Riley, Benidorm

    Buying a house in Spain was a daunting prospect but we had found the place and just needed to go for it!


    After a quick Google search for English speaking solicitors, I contacted Advocate Abroad, after speaking to someone for less than a minute I was told I would be contacted by their solicitor, Consuelo within the next couple of hours.


    My phone rang within minutes, it was Consuelo and she explained all I needed to know about the legal requirements prior to making a purchase and after an offer is accepted. She explained the differences between a private purchase and a company purchase, and gave us enough information in that initial phone call to put our minds at ease and helped us understand the Spanish house buying processes.


    Consuelo then went on to arrange our NIE numbers, make an appointment with the notary, dealt with the estate agents, acted as attorney with our bank, and completed most of the legal requirements within a three week period just before lockdown hit. Over the lockdown period Consuelo sorted out electric, water and taxes and explained everything clearly and precisely over email and WhatsApp. Once Spain relaxed it’s measures, Consuelo was quick to finalise everything, even met our Spanish friends to hand over keys and sent photos!


    The service provided is incomparable with our British conveyancing lawyers, (we truly did get a clearly explained, personal service at an excellent price!) and although everything after our offer had to be dealt with remotely with us back in England, there was no doubt we were being looked after fully and competently.


    I would not hesitate to recommend Advocate Abroad and I would certainly recommend you ask for the fantastic services from Consuelo!


    Aug 14, 2020
  • Tony Johnson
    Tony Johnson, Marbella

    Francisco is a true professional; super efficient and completely fluent in English. He helped me with a difficult legal matter and took all the stress out the situation as well as providing a pragmatic path to resolution...precisely what you need from a lawyer/abogado.


    The service I received from Francisco was first class. I cannot think of any areas that could have been improved.


    Aug 05, 2020
  • P.R. van Tol
    P.R. van Tol

    Francisca did a great job helping us with buying our new property. The price is absolute right. I can fully recommend her!


    Aug 05, 2020
  • Robert Bolton
    Robert Bolton, La Manga del Mar Menor

    We couldn't have asked for anyone better than Consuelo in helping us buy our apartment in La Manga. She guided us through the process either by email or phone and made sure that we fully understood everything. This of course gave us complete peace of mind.


    Consuelo is an extremely professional person but also very personable. We even had lock down to contend with but Consuelo always kept us updated. Excellent service!!


    Aug 04, 2020
  • Karen Webster
    Karen Webster, El Campello

    Consuelo went above and beyond expectations. We could not get to Spain to view the property we liked due to the COVID-19 travel ban so Consuelo viewed it on our behalf and sent videos.


    She went through the whole buying process on our behalf. Communication throughout was excellent. Consuelo kept us informed of every step and sent copies of all documentation. Considering the amount of work she did under very difficult circumstances the fee was very reasonable.


    Aug 01, 2020
  • Stelios Nousis
    Stelios Nousis

    Very attentive, fast response, professional and good results.


    Jul 31, 2020
  • Niklas Goeransson
    Niklas Goeransson, Barcelona

    We are very happy with our meeting with Oscar, very understanding and professional, and had smart solutions.


    Jul 21, 2020
  • Hanna Diamond
    Hanna Diamond, Barcelona

    Oscar was extremely responsive answering emails very quickly and he was patient in dealing with what was quite a sensitive and difficult situation relating to one of Advocate Abroad's former colleagues who had not been professional.


    I was very pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone. I will certainly ask for his help again if ever the need arises.


    Jul 05, 2020
  • Glenn Humphreys
    Glenn Humphreys, Barcelona

    Raffaele was responsive, understanding and polite.


    He provided excellent value for money, explaining and providing appropriate solutions in a professional manner all the while ensuring technicalities and possible outcomes were understood.


    Jun 02, 2020
  • jake raby
    Jake Raby, Ibiza

    Cristina provided an excellent service throughout the process.


    During the initial telephone consultation, she provided clear advice about our legal position and options. She then dealt with the resolution of our property dispute efficiently and kept us informed regularly via email.


    Would definitely recommend to friends.


    Jun 01, 2020
  • Ilona Barta
    Ilona Barta, Torrevieja

    Inma was extremely helpful: she responded promptly and kept us up dated during our case every day. She possesses great negotiation skills that led to success in our case. Great value for money for complicated issue. Inma also made us clear about Spanish legislations and law that was helpful.


    Approachable and highly professional. Can't express enough our gratitude. We will definitely recommend Inma.


    Great service.


    May 29, 2020
  • Ben Cuppello
    Ben Cuppello, Oviedo

    Miguel provided a faultless service throughout the purchase of our property in Oviedo.


    Always responsive, providing excellent advice and guidance and prepared to go above and beyond to help us on numerous occasions. I could not recommend him highly enough.


    May 27, 2020
  • Brian Berman
    Brian Berman, Oviedo

    We were very have happy with the level of service provided by Miguel, he went above and beyond to make sure that everything was understood by us and clear.


    Using him made us realise that buying aboard was not straight forward and with his help opened doors which we would have struggled with. He was always available to us day and night ( even at weekends) and would respond to any question with either the answer or information of how to get it. He kept us informed at each and ever stage of our purchase. He was a real gentleman and we were very proud and honoured to have met such a lovely man.


    He is a great example of how a person in his position should operate with his clients and we can not thank him enough.


    Mar 11, 2020
  • Chris Horne
    Chris Horne, Valencia

    Francisca is a highly professional and friendly lawyer based just outside of Valencia city that helped my wife and I purchase our property.


    Her English is excellent and her ability to communicate the Spanish legal requirements for a foreigner to purchase property in a clear and concise way is exceptional.


    I would have no hesitation in approaching her for other legal services myself and would recommend her to anyone.


    Feb 16, 2020
  • Gemma Pitt
    Gemma Pitt, Mallorca

    Our experience in using Rosa has been flawless. She has been incredibly responsive and helpful from day one.


    We couldn't be more happy with her service and we look forward to many more years of help and support!


    Feb 03, 2020
  • Simon Birch
    Simon Birch, Spain, Barcelona

    Having been in Barcelona for only six months, we ran into a problem with a local landlord and needed swift legal advice. I duly searched the internet and decided to plump for Advocate Abroad where upon I spoke to Oscar. Look no further. He was immediately courteous, polite, very understanding, and extremely professional. Above all, he was patient, listened precisely to what I had to say before he gave me his professional opinion of where I stood from a legal point of view. His command of the English language was faultless to the point where I felt that I could have been speaking to a native English speaker.


    As to the subject matter, within a 30 minute phone call I understood exactly where I stood from a Spanish legal point of view, acted accordingly, and the problem was successfully dealt with. And probably the nicest touch of all, once once the matter was resolved having followed his advice, and with no further advantage to either himself or Advocate Abroad, he had the courtesy and kindness to ring me personally to see how I had gone on.


    Thank you Oscar. Outstanding (not a word I use often) !!!


     


    Jan 17, 2020
  • Maria Castellon Perez
    Maria Castellon Perez , Vera

    Juan was very professional at all times and he help us with everything. He even went to pick me up from the airport do we didn't missed our appointment with the notaire.


    Juan was in contact with us constantly through face to face and wsup. I have no doubt we will use him again.


    Jan 15, 2020
  • Daniela Majstorovic
    Daniela Majstorovic, Valencia

    Inmaculada was very professional, very helpful and approachable , easy to communicate , pleasant,and her English is fluent.


    Dec 05, 2019
  • John Hipper
    John Hipper, Zaragoza

    Francisco was recommended to me by friends in Spain after they had a very positive experience with him. He was an excellent contact for me while I was in the process of buying a house in Spain.


    It was an overwhelming experience buying from Canada, particularly because of the language barrier and the time difference, but Francisco did a fantastic job of explaining to me everything about the forms, taxes and the local processes.


    He was helpful, friendly and informative. When I arrived in Spain to complete the purchase, I felt much more confident knowing that I had his advice and assistance, he even offered to help me fix a problem with my bank accounts when I didn't understand what was happening (language).


    I would have no hesitation using his services again and highly recommend him to anyone in need of his assistance. I was 100% happy.


    Dec 03, 2019
  • Natalie
    Natalie , Valencia

    Inma was extremely good at reassuring me with my anxieties regarding buying a property abroad. From the first point of contact I felt she was very trustworthy and this continued all the way to point of signing and beyond.


    I sent her so many emails with all my questions and she answered each one in good time and professionally. She was always on the end of the phone if I needed her and her English and patience was excellent! I would highly recommend this lawyer. We found her independently through Advocate Abroad and will absolutely use her services again!


    Nov 26, 2019
  • Stephen Brown
    Stephen Brown, Palma de Mallorca

    Great communication with Rosa and good advice around what can be a potentially complicated property market on Mallorca.


    I had no idea about the importance of a cedula de habitabilidad and how difficult it can be getting water and electricity connected with out one.

    Our experience of estate agents on the island is not great but thankfully Rosa has kept us right through out our property search and in obtaining our NIE numbers. We are very grateful for her help.


    Nov 13, 2019
  • Sjors de Wildt
    Sjors de Wildt, Barcelona

    Oscar helped us through the process of buying our family home in Alella Barcelona. He advised and informed as well as reviewing the contracts and doing checks on liabilities, registrations etc.


    We are very happy with Oscars work. Easy to communicate with, available for questions and not shy to give you his opinion. Was a pleasure to work with you and we will make sure to stay in touch for any future legal advice we may need.


    Oct 30, 2019
  • Victor Cini
    Victor Cini, Valencia

    Thank you, Ramon was most informative , very clear and offered great advice.


    We hope to be back in touch.


    Oct 23, 2019
  • Steven M
    Steven M, Valencia

    We recently completed a foreign real estate transaction which required us to seek legal counsel here in Spain. Not knowing where to turn we contacted myAdvocate Valencia who put us in touch with our lawyer Inma.


    She offered friendly, professional and flexible legal support during our stressful time, all while speaking perfect English, which further helped the situation. We are so glad to have met Inma and would use or recommend her services in the future. Five-stars!


    Oct 23, 2019
  • Robert Stevenson
    Robert Stevenson, Palma de Mallorca

    Rosa is a very likable person, very competent and completely knowledgeable. We will definitely be in touch with her again as and when we need professional help in Mallorca.


    The service was first class and would be hard to improve!


    Oct 03, 2019
  • Daniel Stageman
    Daniel Stageman, El Campello

    Consuelo worked very hard and her fee was more than reasonable.


    Oct 02, 2019
  • Dianne Vernon
    Dianne Vernon, Ibiza

    Cristine had our back, made sure we had the right outcome and all at a very reasonable price.


    Sep 30, 2019
  • K K
    K K, Fuengirola

    Alvaro made one phone call on our behalf and sorted out a long standing issue with a rental agency in Fuengirola. Without his help we would have been lost.


    Would absolutely recommend him, he understood the issue and dealt with it efficiently.


    Sep 18, 2019
  • Ashley Wilkins
    Ashley Wilkins, Murcia

    We were delighted with the level of responsiveness and service Inma provided. Our daughter has been accepted at UCAM to study Dentistry and consequently we were helping her set up life in Murcia.


    Inma was most helpful in the flat leasing process in the identification of Agents and in the Tenancy Agreement negotiation and execution after a property had been found. This together with her good general advice about how things work in Murcia and Spain have made the process far easier that would otherwise be the case. Inma was also very helpful in the NIE process.


    Bravo and we are delighted to recommend Inma as a first port of call in Murcia !

    Best wishes Ashley.


    Sep 18, 2019
  • Richard Day
    Richard Day, Barcelona

    Excellent customer service and good legal advice. Oscar always returns calls and messages promptly, even when he was on holiday! He is polite and patient.


    I am very happy with the services provided by Advocate Abroad and especially Oscars work. All at reasonable cost.


    Sep 17, 2019
  • Darrell Green
    Darrell Green, UK

    Inma was always available to answer any questions we had or obtained the information required. All of questions were answered promptly and anything we didn’t understand was explained.


    Inma is very friendly and approachable and we felt confident and assured with her professionalism.


    Sep 17, 2019
  • Tim
    Tim, Mallorca

    I have recommended to a few friends who now use Rosa. Most profesional which is a rare in Spain. I honestly cannot think of any part of the service I would improve.


    Sep 13, 2019
  • Nathalie Haumont
    Nathalie Haumont, Fuengirola

    My lawyer francisco was extremely helpful, he couldn't have done more.


    Sep 12, 2019
  • Nathalie Haumont
    Nathalie Haumont, Fuengirola

    I was very happy with the lawyer very efficient professional and very helpful. I have more clients probably going to spain and I shall recommend his services


    Sep 03, 2019
  • Leigh Hossbach
    Leigh Hossbach, Oviedo

    I would wholly recommend Miguel to anybody contemplating a house purchase in the Asturias area of Spain. His pricing was competitive and adapted to my particular requirements.


    He consulted with other professionals (including the council) to help determine the expansion and future building possibilities of the land. He also undertook the necessary checks to establish there was no outstanding debt tied to the property.


    Compared to UK solicitors Miguel was very much more approachable and would always respond to my queries and deliver frequent progress reports at any time of the day including weekends.


    Given the complexity of the Spanish notary system it is essential you have a local solicitor who knows all the variations associated with the Asturian conveyancing system to guide you towards a successful outcome.


    Even though I had a reasonable understanding of Spanish Miguel's excellent written and spoken English proved invaluable at all stages of the conveyancing process in particular the final signing of the deeds. Well done Miguel and many thanks for all your help!


    Aug 17, 2019
  • Stephen Norton
    Stephen Norton, Marbella

    I had an informal, introductory meeting with Miguel and he answered all my questions including providing me with a lot more information and suggestions that I had not thought about. I found him extremely friendly and professional.


    I will be using his services next year for my first Spanish Tax return and will then be in a better position to comment on the quality and price of services provided. So far everything has been very good.


    Aug 13, 2019
  • Peter Marsh
    Peter Marsh, Gandia

    In all departments Francisca was outstanding in every case!


    Aug 07, 2019
  • Joseph Lobo
    Joseph Lobo, Barcelona

    Oscar was a great help throughout a difficult process as we bought a house in Barcelona. Despite significant setbacks, he was able to help us find solutions to ensure we finally managed to purchase the property.


    Thank you to Oscar for being incredibly professional and for explaining everything in a straightforward way so we understood a process which was foreign to us. I highly recommend him as a lawyer for anyone looking to buy a property in Spain.


    Aug 01, 2019
  • Joe Brent
    Joe Brent, Mallorca

    Rosa was excellent and went the extra mile.


    Jul 30, 2019
  • Gian Piero Staffa
    Gian Piero Staffa, Antigua

    Rosa was extremely helpful in assisting me buying a house in Maiorca.


    The transaction was not without issues due mainly to spanish bureaucracy and Rosa handled all of them very professionally.


    Given language problems and distance from my residence I will never regret having chosen her as my Lawyer in Palma and I have already recommended here services to other prospective buyers.


    Jul 22, 2019
  • Daphne Zargar
    Daphne Zargar, Detroit, USA

    Miguel was awesome! Super responsive, extended my knowledge and put me totally at ease through the process of buying a house in Galicia.


    I felt my interests were put first in the process and protected and would definitely recommend Miguel with full confidence.


    Jul 20, 2019
  • Sally Bircher
    Sally Bircher, Tenerife (Los Cristianos)

    I have recommended our lawyer Oliver to many people due to his professionalism and ability to communicate on all levels.


    Calls were always returned and questions always answered. Great value for money.


    Jul 16, 2019
  • Colin Taplin
    Colin Taplin, Fuengirola

    Alvaro quickly got to grip with our issues.


    He explained things clearly and we feel that he was good value for money.


    Jul 01, 2019
  • Xavier M W
    Xavier M W, Mallorca

    I highly recommend Rosa, she is very professional and thorough and her communication was superb throughout.


    Her English is also first class. Thank you for all your help.


    Jun 29, 2019
  • Paul Symes
    Paul Symes, Barcelona

    Very satisfied with the service provided!


    Jun 19, 2019
  • Don Sierra
    Don Sierra, Granada

    It is very difficult to find a good Spanish lawyer and this law firm, has set the standard very high.


    I sent them an email and within an hour someone called me and got on my case. Álvaro, was a shark and he got the job done. No waiting, no bs, straight to the point.


    As an American EXPAT it is very important not to be manipulated by the Spanish Court system. He showed me some amazing loopholes and now, things are going great!


    May 28, 2019
  • Marion Rouillé
    Marion Rouillé, Barcelona

    He really listened to my story (all the details about the issue I had), he was always clear about his strategy and never sugarcoated the possible outcome.


    I appreciated the fact he was very down-to-earth and presented me with truth about the situation, without trying to give me false hopes.


    Always professional I would totally recommend his service.


    May 10, 2019
  • Mark Fairley
    Mark Fairley, Gandia

    Francisca was extremely professional, great communication throughout the purchasing process.


    Phoned or emailed me to keep me updated and worked to a good timescale for completion. Prepared well for the notary and simplified the answers on any questions or issues that occurred.


    I would highly recommend Francisca for anyone from the U.K wishing to purchase property in Spain.


    She takes away any stress or fear that can happen from entering the unknown legal practice in Spain. I would definitely use Francisca again for legal service, on any future issue or purchasing of property.


    She provided good value for service and would be a future person to go to, for any expat in the Spanish community.


    Apr 30, 2019
  • Penny Toomey
    Penny Toomey, La Manga

    I could not recommend Consuelo highly enough to choose as a lawyer. She went above and beyond what was required when working for me.


    She is reliable, professional and kept me informed of the progress of my case and what she was doing at all times.


    Consuelo has an ethical outlook and a strong sense of what is right. She was unfazed when others tried to block her efforts to help me and was always reassuring that we would get there.


    Her spoken and written English is excellent so she can work with both English and Spanish (she did for me). Thank you Consuelo!


    Apr 16, 2019
  • John Seaman
    John Seaman, Valencia

    My lawyer was very supportive, interested in my needs, able to clarify my situation and explain the process and the various options open to me.


    I always felt relieved after each consultation. I will definitely use Inma’s services again


    Mar 21, 2019
  • Kirstin Stokes
    Kirstin Stokes, St Andrews, Scotland

    Francisco advised and managed our recent property purchase in Fuengirola with such friendly professionalism that the whole process was effortless, smooth and completely stress-free!


    Francisco was great at responding to our many questions, quickly addressing any concerns we had and resolving issues judiciously. His advice and guidance has been invaluable and the service provided, from start to completion, has been excellent and great value for money. We are more than happy to recommend Francisco to friends, family and all. Paul & Kirstin, Scotland.


    First class in all aspects.


    Mar 20, 2019
  • Justin Culmer
    Justin Culmer, United Kingdom

    Alvaro was professional, approachable, and very responsive while supporting me with the formal and legal processes in assisting me purchasing my new home in Spain.


    He was consistent in all communication and very informative.


    To improve the service I would suggest to provide a formal summary document of all legal services and formality checks carried out on the property purchase process, (as done in the UK) as a final overall document given to the client.


    Mar 14, 2019
  • Catherine
    Catherine, Alicante

    Consuelo was extremely helpful, she couldn't have done more. I would definitely recommend her to friends.


    Feb 15, 2019
  • Jason Baker
    Jason Baker, Estepona

    Alvaro was transparent throughout the process and instilled a confidence in me that he would get the job done, which he duly did!


    He was persistent and diligent with his approach, which meant that an issue that i had for 2 years was no longer one.


    Regarding the above KPI's of measurement, he was top marks for all of them. I am genuinely satisfied with the service.


    Feb 13, 2019
  • Mr Olsson
    Mr Olsson, Mallorca

    Rosa spoke English more or less fluently. Very satisfied with the service provided.


    Jan 07, 2019
  • Ian
    Ian, Mallorca

    Rosa is helpful and very easy to get on with. She knows many other people in the Mallorca property and legal sectors and I'd recommend her.


    Her English is very good and there were never any language problems on either side.


    Jan 07, 2019
  • Paul Hutchinson (Mallorca)
    Paul Hutchinson (Mallorca)

    I did a little bit of research before appointing Rosa to handle our property purchase in Mallorca, but quickly realised I’d made a great decision.


    From beginning to end, she was highly communicative, helpful and friendly and I can’t recommend her highly enough.


    Jan 05, 2019
  • David W Baker
    David W Baker, Malaga

    We were extremely satisfied with Alvaro: He explained the law to us and gave us a solution to our problem.


    He could not have been more helpful and we will definitely use him again.


    Nov 06, 2018
  • Thom Koller
    Thom Koller, London

    Francisca provided a perfect service!


    She is professional, dedicated and took care to understand the needs of my situation. Her service offers exceptional value for money and gives complete peace of mind.


    Nov 05, 2018
  • David Edwards
    David Edwards, England

    Very Satisfied with the service provided by Oliver. He was quick, efficient and value for money. Would definitely recommend to friends.


    Oct 17, 2018
  • Andrew Morecroft
    Andrew Morecroft, Lubrin

    Juan was extremely helpful during every part of the purchase. As I was buying an older property there were slight complications but Juan explained every issue and managed to work through the difficulties with supreme efficiency.


    Also there was a ridiculous situation with my Spanish bank account where I could not access the money even though it was in the account. Thankfully I had given Juan power of attorney and he managed to sort-out the problem.


    He went above and beyond the call of duty and I am very grateful for all his help. I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking to buy in the Almeria region.


    Oct 15, 2018
  • David Roots
    David Roots, England

    We were very satisfied with the service we received. Rosa dealt with the matter in hand promptly and efficiently.


    Oct 01, 2018
  • David K
    David K, Barcelona

    Oscar was very kind, professional and fair. He was able to help me with my problem and he was very determined that he would.


    Oscar is very competent, polite and showed a lot of effort to solve my problem. I strongly recommend him.


    Sep 26, 2018
  • Tauri
    Tauri, Estonia

    Very satisfied with the service. Francisco is bilingual English-Spanish and was always quick to respond and was very professional at all times.


    Sep 25, 2018
  • Darren & Gemma Nesbitt
    Darren & Gemma Nesbitt, Valencia

    Inmaculada has been of excellent service to us, as a family and in helping to set up a business in Spain. She has now undertaking several project for us and has delivered high quality on all of them. Perfect service!


    Sep 11, 2018
  • Patsy Valentin
    Patsy Valentin, Granada

    Extremely accommodating and highly professional and very pro active. Excellent result and service. Highly recommended.


    Sep 11, 2018
  • Jovie
    Jovie, Malaga

    My lawyer Alvaro was extremely helpful and very efficient. I would definitely recommend his services to friends.


    Sep 05, 2018
  • Tracey Iliffe Bradley
    Tracey Iliffe Bradley, UK

    Rosa dealt with everything efficiently and promptly and went beyond our expectations by helping us to open a Spanish bank account and deal with other minutiae.


    Aug 14, 2018
  • Teresa Valencia (Gandia)
    Teresa Valencia (Gandia)

    I'm very pleased with services I received. Buying a house from abroad is not an easy job and thanks to Francisca everything was clear.


    She's very efficient and I highly recommend her!


    Jul 26, 2018
  • Janet/Alex Olsen
    Janet/Alex Olsen, Newcastle

    Overall the service provided by Oliver was exceptional.


    My mother and I couldn't of asked for more from him as he sorted out our family affairs. His attitude, attention to detail and promptness while helping us were second to none.


    His English is top notch and his way of explaining and or guiding you through what needs to be done makes the whole experience easier than expected.


    We'd recommend Oliver to anyone in need of his expertise while dealing with issues in Tenerife.


    Jul 25, 2018
  • Neil Linter
    Neil Linter, London

    Cristina immediately understood our requirements and was essential in guiding us through a very tricky process.


    Jul 24, 2018
  • Mr David P Robson
    Mr David P Robson, Valancia

    My lawyer Francisca offered value for money and was very helpful. Will use her again.


    Jul 12, 2018
  • Claire
    Claire, Fuengirola

    Alvaro assisted me during my experience at advocate abroad, and he was so kind. He answered any questions I had, and made me feel completely at ease.


    I knew I was in the hands of a professional. He could not have done more to help me.


    Jul 04, 2018
  • David Stack
    David Stack, Lliria, Spain

    Francisca was extremely helpful. She made the whole process easy to understand. I would definitely recommend her service to friends.


    Jun 21, 2018
  • Tracey and Mike Iliffe Bradley
    Tracey and Mike Iliffe Bradley, Colchester, United Kingdom

    From our very first contact through to the end of our purchase, Rosa surpassed all expectations.


    She was helpful, efficient, always quick to return our communications and a pleasure to deal with. We have already recommended her services to a friend.


    May 29, 2018
  • Rl
    Rl, Alicante

    Felt very comfortable at all times. Nothing was too much. Understood everything mentioned in our meeting. Very reasonable rate, money wise.


    May 24, 2018
  • MF
    MF, Lanzarote

    My lawyer Cristina was extremely understanding , friendly and reassuring. With Cristina on my side, it gave me confidence to continue.


    May 21, 2018
  • L Marshall
    L Marshall, London

    Rosa was excellent. Very efficient and professional.


    Responsive and always available. Extremely helpful - we did not understand the process and she guided us through.


    We would not hesitate to recommend her.


    Mar 28, 2018
  • Robert Scott
    Robert Scott, UK

    First class service. Rosa's professionalism, advice and patience were all exemplary!


    Keep up the good work. Will certainly recommend the service to friends!


    Mar 07, 2018
  • Andrew Bullen
    Andrew Bullen, UK

    Rosa was very professional at all times when dealing with me. Her English was second to none and she always kept me informed of progress via email promptly.


    I wouldn't hesitate to use Rosa in the future for any legal issues I have.


    Feb 16, 2018
  • Jackie Acres
    Jackie Acres, UK

    Miguel is fantastic, his English is superb. He responds clearly and concisely and always quickly too.


    He is helpful and approachable and has always answered all my questions very thoroughly. He’s very polite and an absolute pleasure to deal with.


    I hope he never retires!


    Jan 25, 2018
  • Larry Karns
    Larry Karns, Valencia

    Inma is a very approachable, open and knowledgeable professional.


    She is available to meet with us on short notice, is attentive to our needs, answers each of our questions fully and provides appropriate legal solutions.


    Inma is bilingual which has simplified communication and avoids misunderstandings. Her fees are definitely value for the money paid, and we will continue to seek her professional services.


    Jan 10, 2018
  • DP
    DP, United States

    He has been very attentive, efficient, and always anticipates our needs in a timely manner.


    We enjoy working with him and look forward to other future business arrangements when needed.


    Jan 03, 2018
  • Jeremi Hazan
    Jeremi Hazan, Israel

    Francisco is a good men and honest. Did the job perfect.


    Dec 21, 2017
  • Tim Burley
    Tim Burley, Mallorca

    A very strange phenomenon with lawyers in Spain - she was working for me rather than just trying to line her own pockets!


    Dec 15, 2017
  • Colin Stuart Farmer
    Colin Stuart Farmer, UK

    Juan Ignacio met me in Almeria and with skill and persistence was able to deal with the eviction of a non paying tenant in a very short time, and avoided long and drawn out court processes.(The time factor was important because after gaining access it became apparent that the occupant was rapidly trashing the place.).


    At all times he maintained personal contact with continuous updates during the process.


    A great bloke, great job done and good value.

    Hopefully he can do the same for when I sell the place.


    Dec 15, 2017
  • Bjarne ten Harkel
    Bjarne ten Harkel, The Netherlands

    My lawyer Rossana is an honest person and highly professional. She is simpatico. I would definitely hire this lawyer again.


    Nov 22, 2017
  • Bruce and Susan Moore
    Bruce and Susan Moore, England

    Great responsive and assured service


    Oct 31, 2017
  • Bruce Moore
    Bruce Moore, United Kingdom

    Complete confidence and removed any hassle from the process.


    Even better was the willingness to provide follow up support and guidance. A great service!


    Oct 31, 2017
  • Graham & Josephine Flinders
    Graham & Josephine Flinders, UK

    Rosa is a excellent lawyer and a extremely nice person, very efficient and helped us though the sale of our apartment.


    It all went very smoothly and it was mostly down to Rosa who dealt with anything that came up in a very professional manner. Rosa explained all what was happening in English and always returned our calls with any answers to our questions.


    Her fees are very very reasonable and we felt we got real value for money, we cannot recommend Rosa enough.she is a throughy nice approachable person.We would not hesitate using Rosa again and have recommended her to other people in majorca.


    Oct 26, 2017