Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

29 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK and expat investors stymied by untimely death of scammer

An expat fraudster working in the UK and Spain has died unexpectedly, leaving her investor victims unable to trace millions of euros. Wendy Smart, also known as Wendy Jeffery, died before the estimated four million euros of investor money could be located. The fraudster persuaded dozens of expats in Spain as well as UK residents to invest in one scheme involving producing black truffles and another involving tree planting. Both were ‘guaranteed’ to produce huge returns for money invested. According to an investigative...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Eurostat survey reveals Spanish city with most expats

Statistics from a recently released Eurostat survey have confirmed Spain as the most popular of all European states for expat living. It’s old news that Spain is and always was the hottest destination for expats, especially retirees, with the results of a new Euro-survey identifying coastal Torrevieja in Alicante as holding the highest number of expats in the whole of Spain. Also known as the ‘city of salt’, the seaside town is home to 46 per cent of foreign residents, the majority of whom are retirees from the UK. Having...
23 Sep at 6 PM 2016

How to avoid expensive mistakes when buying Spanish property

For decades, Spain has been the top choice for British expats looking for second homes or retirement villas, but ‘look before you leap’ is still the best advice. Spain’s sunshine, friendly people, great food, fascinating history and culture and ready-made expat communities have been attracting the British since the early days of cheap flights. However, buying a Spanish property can be fraught with risks such as dodgy developers, unstable property prices and even off-plan purchases of condos which are never built. That said,...
22 Sep at 4 PM 2016

Totals of UK expat pensioners winter fuel payments slashed following crackdown

The recent crackdown on payment of winter fuel allowances to UK expat pensioners living overseas has resulted in the total cost of providing the benefit falling by two-thirds. The British government’s bill for winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK has fallen dramatically since new rules for its entitlement were brought in. The winter of 2015/2016 saw just 42,015 pensioners resident in EU member states receiving the benefit, a striking contrast to the 2014/2015 payments to 137,845 expat retirees. Former work and...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Brexpats in Spain protest group expands to thousands of members

Whilst politicians in the UK fight over the effects and even the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum, a protest group in Spain has expanded to include thousands of UK expats. Begun several months ago in the Spanish town of Mijas, the group evolved almost overnight into ‘Brexpats in Spain’ due to a huge response from UK expats across the country. Thousands of British citizens resident all over Spain are now members, and the group’s new website covers all aspects of Brexit and the UK government’s convoluted responses....
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Two dead and 20 injured in Indonesian fast ferry explosion

A modern, Australian-built fast ferryboat has exploded during a run between Bali and the island of Lombok. The Gili Cat ferryboat was carrying around 40 people when it blew up after smoke was seen pouring from its engine. It’s not yet certain whether the dead and injured are all tourists holidaying in Bali or whether expats were caught in the tragedy. One Austrian woman and one European woman were killed, and at least 20 passengers received injuries. Forensic teams are investigating the cause of the fatal explosion, with one who...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Spain say NO to Brexit

British expats in Spain are still reeling from the shock of the Brexit result, plus the fact they’ve been left in limbo ever since. The strength of feeling and resentment against the chaos resulting from the referendum result is ramping up in Spain’s expat communities as time passes and no reassurances as to their status are being given. The fall in the value of sterling caused by the Leave vote plus the almost total stagnation of the Spanish property market are forcing the British expat community to simply sit and wait for...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Spain sue Rothschild over mis-sold equity release schemes

According to a recent article in the Sunday Times, a group of four expats living in Spain have filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment in the matter of an illegal equity release scheme. The lawsuit due to be heard in Britain’s High Court is being seens as a test case for more than 800 British retirees in Spain, Portugal and France who were drawn into remortgaging their homes in order to re-invest the capital in offshore funds. Representatives of the unregistered financial advice company Henry Woods, blacklisted from operating in Spain...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Post Brexit expats may need residency visas to live in Europe

According to the Home Office, Britons planning to emigrate to European Union member states may well need long-term residency visas. European countries are favourite destinations for British citizens wishing to retire overseas, with the EU freedom of movement laws allowing easy access. The Brexit vote takes away freedom of movement, potentially wrecking the plans of many thousands of UK state pensioners searching for a lower cost of living and warmer weather. Once Britain leaves the EU, freedom of movement will become a thing of...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Reasons for the ongoing expat love affair with VPNs

Wherever expats live nowadays, a reliable internet service is high on the list of must-haves, both for financial, social and business reasons, but a number of countries are now imposing restrictions on its use. During the past several decades it’s been almost impossible to live life without an internet connection, whether in your home country or an adopted country halfway across the world. Expats rely on online surfing for information, smartphones for contacting friends and family back home and, most importantly, for banking and...