Category Archives : Spain News

Minimum Interest Rates in your Mortgage Contract!

On December 11, 2014, Posted by , In Community Issues,Costa del Sol News,Life in Spain,News from Urbytus,Spain News,Tips for homeowners, With Comments Off on Minimum Interest Rates in your Mortgage Contract!

Millions of families across Spain, including a good number of expats, have contracted mortgages with interest rate floor clauses (“cláusulas suelo”, as they are commonly called in Spain), which prevented them from taking advantage of the very low mortgage interest rates which have occurred due to the decline in the…

Presidents Club, Second Quarterly Meeting

At the end of January 2014 beginning of 2014, Presidents of Urbanizations attended the Presidents Club at Urbytus.   The event was well attended by Presidents from Mijas Costa, Alhuarin to Marbella.

Energy saving tips to cut bills in 2013

On January 1st electricity prices went up and homeowners can expect to see a 3-6% increase on their bills. Given this price hike, home owners and community presidents are actively looking for ways to cut their consumption with the aim of reducing bills and lessening their impact on the environment….

Smart energy meters being introduced by Endesa

There have been a few new EU directives brought into effect regarding saving energy (Directive 2006/32/EC and Directive 2009/72/EC and most recently Orden ITC/3860/2007. The Spanish supplier of electricity Endesa has sent letters to their clients to inform them that in order to comply with these regulations they  will be…

Recent loss of satellite TV channels Spain

Have you lost any TV channels on your urbanization? As a community president in Spain you are probably fielding all the enquiries from the owners so we thought we’d give you an update you can share.  As the president of my community, I have been lucky enough that through our…

The Spanish Tax Authority is now taking unpaid taxes direct from bank accounts

The Spanish Tax Authority is now taking unpaid taxes direct from bank accounts.  In 2011 they started with some Warning Letters, The tax authorities sent 300.000 letters to non resident property owners, informing them that there is no record of them paying their Non Resident taxes.

Malaga, One of the World’s Smart Cities

Malaga prides itself on being part of the International Project of Smart Cities and is ranked 1st in the top 5 smart cities in Spain. The key goals for Malaga Smart City are to reduce CO2 emissions, increase energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy to become a…

Spanish Electricity Meter Scam

A number of Spanish home owners have recently received a rather surprising phone call from their power suppliers claiming that they have an outstanding amount on the account (sometimes thousands) which needs to be paid immediately – failure to pay immediately will result in the power being cut off and…

New communication channel for foreign residents

Following a recent meeting at the council headquarters in Malaga, an agreement has been made to create a quick communication channel to inform foreign residents on the Costa del Sol in the case of an emergency. Diplomatic representatives from 16 different countries, including the United Kingdom, attended the meeting and…