Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

16 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Cala Romantica fraud victims get their money back in court

Spanish bank Sabadell Solbank has been ordered to reimburse damages of hundreds of thousands to expats who lost out over a failed off-plan real estate development. The scam began in 2006, when the Cala Romantica development was launched as an off-plan opportunity due to be completed by 2008. Construction had stalled long before the purchase contracts were cancelled in 2011 just before the developers declared bankruptcy. Dozens of buyers lost all their savings due to the collapse, leading eventually to their lawyers sueing the...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Search stepped up for missing British expat in Marbella

Following an appeal launched earlier this week by English language expat newspaper Olive Press, the search for missing mother of two Rebecca Muldoon has been ramped up by Spanish police. Emergency 112 are now operating from a base on Camino del Pinar and are coordinating the search for the missing woman. Coverage of Rebecca’s disappearance has spread to local British media outlets as well as the international and national press in Spain and the UK. The search team now includes emergency personnel working with Emergency 112,...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in Marbella furious about month long internet failure

British expatriates living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are furiously angry over an internet failure which began over a month ago and is still not resolved The service went down on December 3, with providers OliveNet promising it would be repaired quickly, but it soon became evident the problem was far more serious than had been admitted. Prior to the shutdown, customers had received letters advising of issues between December 5 and 11 and promising the service would be quickly restored. When it became obvious the service was...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Childcare home scam nets £11 million before administrators called in

Pensioners in the UK and in Spain have lost some £11 million after a fraudulent care home business went bust. Gravity Child Care was supposedly set up to provide 50 care homes for children suffering from behavioural difficulties and mental illnesses, taking its profits from payments made by local councils to businesses which provide such services. Investors, mostly UK-based pensioners and retirees living overseas, were promised 15 per cent interest on their investments, plus the knowledge their savings were being used for a good...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats and tourists hiring Spanish cars to face terrorism checks by police

All British nationals in Spain, including resident expats, will need to have their personal data examined by Spanish police when hiring cars. New proposals put forward by the Spanish government contain instructions to car hire companies on the compulsory registration of British expats and visitors looking to hire vehicles. Car rental firms will need to set up databases containing the personal details of would-be renters, all of which will be shared with the Spanish police as part of a new drive to prevent terrorist attacks in the...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2017

France not doing enough to attract skilled expat workers

An OECD study is criticising the French government for not working harder to attract skilled expat professionals. According to the report, France needs to improve and modernise its economic immigration system in order to make it easier for skilled foreigners to emigrate to the country. Immigration numbers of non-EU nationals are low in comparison with international standards, and are set at 16 per cent of the total number of foreign arrivals in the country. At the present time, the United States tops the attractiveness league for...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2017

True Christmas spirit shown by Malaga expats and locals

Expats and local citizens in Malaga have donated the largest amount of food ever to the Gran Recoguda food bank. Residents of Malaga have demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas by donating a record amount of food to one of the region’s largest food banks. During the two-day appeal campaign, a massive 600 tons of food was collected to be distributed to those in need. Supermarkets Carrefour Los Patios and Carrefour Alameda smashed their 2017 record donations, and Spanish and expat donors alike joined in with the giving frenzy. The...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Are Portuguese homes too cold for most of the year

If you’re thinking of retiring to sunny Portugal and buying a property, there’s one thing you’d be wise to remember. Granted, Portugal’s summers are a retirement dream, with sunshine and high temperatures banishing any traces of the cold-weather blues so common in the UK. However, if you’re thinking of buying a retirement home, you should realise that studies by environmental organisations have revealed only one out of every 100 Portuguese nationals was happy with the ambient temperature inside the house. Put briefly,...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat stuck in Spain following wrongful arrest

A young British expat is unable to leave Spain after a wrongful arrest led to his passport being confiscated. Scot expat Robbie McMillar is now demanding answers after he was arrested when police found marijuana plants growing on wild land at the back of his rented apartment. His passport was confiscated during the arrest last October, leaving him unable to find work or return home for the festive season. Robbie was working out in his gym-cum-garage adjacent to his apartment when La Linea police stormed in and questioned him...
20 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Declining numbers of émigrés to Spain may signal end of Brit retirement dream

For decades, British pensioners sick to death of eternal sunless skies, freezing cold and ever increasing bureaucracy have voted with their feet and taken themselves off to sunny Mediterranean havens mostly located in the south of Spain. Assured of a warm welcome as well as warm weather, they bought homes, eked out their meagre state pensions and generally lived a life which suited them very, very well. As many who arrived didn’t bother to register with local authorities, it’s tricky to estimate exactly how many came and are still...