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Ask the Administrator: House with debt from previous owner

Good morning.  I have bought a site to settle my business.  The community is requesting me to pay the debt that the previous owner left, but I did not know that and now I presume that I will have to pay.  Is that right?

 Cris K.

Administrator: Agustín Pascual de Riquelme

After the modification in the Horizontal Property Law made in June 2013, the new owner is responsible of the debt that the property owes to the community corresponding to the last three years before the purchase (previously, the responsibility was for the previous year and the current one). The property is the reference so if you don´t pay, the community may take actions against your site.  For that reason, before buying a property, it is very important to require a certificate issued by the administrator confirming what the situation of the property is regardless the community fees.  Firstly, I recommend you to pay the debt and secondly to claim it to the previous owner with the relevant legal actions as he omitted important information that if you had known, your decision might have been different

Ask the Administrator: Energy meters

Good morning. Could I ask when is my community obliged to have the energy meters installed for the central heating of the community of owners in Spain? Thanks.

Javier N.

Administrator: Juan López

The obligation of the installation of the energy meters for the central heating is included in UE Directive that has been in force since2012. However, a timeline of two years was given for the countries members. It should have been adopted in 2014, but Spain has not adopted it yet. The timeline for us was 1st of January 2017. Lately, the government has produced several drafts not definitive yet. For the time being, the installation is not obligatory yet.

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