registro de la propiedad (= land registry office)
Security concerning the legal title to a property is afforded by the land registry (= registro de la propiedad) in requesting a nota simple (= simple extract from the land registry), which anybody, even without proof of entitled interest, can usually receive within 24 hours. It is only safe to buy directly from the registered owner, otherwise we recommend further investigation. Even in the case of a correctly registered owner registered, it is still possible that there are some liens on the property, so that further inquiries by a lawyer are needed, to avoid foreign legal problems later on.
We can request a nota simple (extract from the land registry) for you:
- this costs 65€ at present including postage. A condition is that all land registry data is available.
- if only the name of the owner is known, then a search must be done, costing about 130 €.
- these costs must be pre-paid!