Expat Spain News
Latest 10 news items tagged Spain
27 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The thousands of expat home owners in Spain
who unknowingly bought illegally built properties are stll living in fear and limbo due to corruption and senseless laws.
Andalusian expats who fear losing their homes are now gathering to decide on a course of action after two of their number, John and Jan Brookes, watched their dream villa torn down last month. The Spanish homes scandal has caused many more to lose all they had, as their retirement savings had been used to purchase their homes.
Emergency meetings are being held anywhere...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Living, working or retiring abroad is the end of the rainbow for many disgruntled Brits these days, with many planning to chase their dream as far as is necessary.
The expat experience is seldom what was expected in the months of planning and getting ready to leave. It can be emotionally and financially rewarding with careful planning but many are forced to return to the UK after losing everything.
The Foreign and Commonwealth office consider that success or failure depends on adequate planning and, although it’s often not that...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Maltese passports will become available shortly for a fee of €650,000, and will allow the holder to move to and live in Malta or in any other country which is part of the Schengen visa zone.
The Maltese parliament voted in the new law last week, with its inception expected by the end of this month. Purchasers will not have to live on the island unless they wish to, nor are they required to invest in the country.
The minimum age for a passport purchase is 18 years, and applicants’ criminal records will be checked. In addition,...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2013
A recent press release by ITV is set to warm the hearts of expats living in Europe and deprived until now of their favourite soaps.
The press release revealed that a new ITV channel, ITV Essentials, has been set up in order to allow expats and holidaymakers to keep up with the goings on in their favourite soaps. The service is being provided in partnership with Saffron Digital, specialists in the delivery and management of OTT solutions, and saw its launch earlier this week.
The channel can be watched in Spain
, Italy, France,...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2013
As if the frozen pensions scandal wasn’t enough, the controversy over the payment of winter fuel allowances for expat pensioners has ignited again.
Since they began, winter fuel allowances have been paid to pensioners in the UK, in the EU and in several other world countries. As part of the new Pensions Bill, it now seems that those retirees living in countries deemed to have a higher winter temperature than most of Britain are to lose the benefit.
The method by which temperatures in European countries have been calculated has...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Currency fluctuations since the 2008 financial crisis have hit British expats all over the world, but retirees in Canada have been the worst sufferers from the falling pound sterling.
Taking the UK state pension as it was in April 2007 as a benchmark, foreign exchange expert have calculated the losses to British pensioners in a number of worldwide destinations. At that point in time, sterling was strong against a range of currencies, and bought 2.29 Canadian dollars.
Six years later, the exchange rate has fallen to 1.65 CA$ to the...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Five Asian destinations swept the board to take top ratings for quality of expat life in the 2013 Expat Explorer survey.
The results of the 2013 version of HSBC International’s well-known Expat Explorer survey celebrated no less than five Asian destinations as tops for expat quality of life, integration and ease of setting up. Thailand ranked as number one, with China, Singapore, India and Taiwan taking third, sixth, seventh and eighth positions in that order.
According to respondents resident in the Asian countries, it’s...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Retiring overseas on a pension from the home country can be a daunting business due to the effect of currency fluctuations on a fixed monthly amount.
Most pensions need to be paid into bank accounts in retirees’ new countries of residence, leaving the recipients open to the vagaries of currency fluctuations as well as excessive inter-bank charges. Savings invested in home country accounts give little help as rates are at an all-time low and not expected to increase in the near future.
British expats living in Eurozone states...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Family members left out of an expat’s last will and testament might soon find it easier to contest its bequests if a bill now before parliament is voted into law.
The bill has now passed its third reading in the House of Lords, and will be opened for debate in the House of Commons. If it’s passed into statute and becomes law, non-beneficiaries in the home country who are considered to have legal claims may well be able to pursue the matter in the courts.
This change in the inheritance law is particularly relevant if the...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2013
In a surprising development following the demolition of two of four expat-owner villas in Cantoria, the remaining villas are now part of an administrative war between the local and regional authorities.
The two villas were also under the same demolition order which felled the home of John and Jan Brooks last week. Cantonia Town Hall has now ordered the remaining demolitions stopped due to claims that the regional government’s documents were flawed.
According to a local authority spokesperson, the law must be respected, especially...