Buying a home in Tenerife can be a very exciting time. But it can also be worrying and an expensive process. To help you through this process – and help make your money go further, Moneycorp, one of the UK's leading foreign exchange company, offers the following guidance:
(article supplied courtesy of the British Consul in Santa Cruz)
The death of a relative or friend is always a tragedy, but if it happens abroad the distress can be made worse by simple practical problems. The Consular Directorate in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our Consulates in Spain are ready to help in any way that they can. It may be that you are uncertain as to what to do next, or who to contact for advice, and you need to be aware that Spanish procedures differ significantly from those in the United Kingdom.
Except in remote rural areas, Spanish undertakers are modern, well-equipped companies used to working with foreigners, with most firms having at least one English-speaking staff member. Following the death of a British national in Spain, their next of kin, or a formally appointed representative, must decide whether to repatriate the loved one’s body to the UK, or whether to carry out a local burial or cremation. If the deceased was covered by travel insurance, it is important for the next...
By John Hatrick, Tenerife Solicitors
According to UK government statistics, 35% of all marriages are predicted to end in divorce. Although no accurate statistics are available amongst UK expats, it is believed that the number may be even higher. Whilst many couples believe that living abroad will improve their lives, a number of factors, such as financial considerations, missing friends and family, the language barrier or just plain homesickness can put a strain on even the most committed relationships.
An increasingly common scenario among Brits in Tenerife is for one partner to move back to the U.K. whilst the other party remains in Spain. Assuming the marriage cannot then be salvaged, one partner will then typically seek to get the legal ball rolling. But where both partners are now living in different countries, which country should proceedings be commenced in?
Strictly speaking, to petition for legal separation or divorce in either England or Spain, the only requirement is for one partner to be 'habitually resident' in the country where procee...
Happy June to all our lovely readers! Summer is hot on our heels and, with it, plenty more activities for your very own local mental health charity, Foundation En Pie.
We would firstly like to thank all those who participated in our second downhill bike ride event From Mount Teide to Los Gigantes harbour in aid of Mental Health and Helping Hands. Our sincere thanks, too, to all of those who sponsored our participants and, of course, a big Thank You to all of the Sponsors of the event!
It was not an easy challenge, but all our participants took it on with brave hearts and smiling faces. We would like to thank them all for their spirit of solidarity and goodwill and we truly hope we will see you all again at another event soon. We would like to give a special thanks also, to Pete the Meat, who was good enough to give up some free time and cook us up some of his fantastic sausages for the riders on their arrival at the port.
Our previous event, on May 7th, was a health and nutrition fair (pic – feria deporte) outside our charity shop in the Poligono de G...
by Simon Sutton George, The Tenerife Property Group, Mobile: 610 182 744
Quarter 1, 2016 – what happened?
Summer 2016 is just around the corner, well in fact, by the time you read this it’ll have already started, at least here in Tenerife...if you’re in the UK it will have already been and gone...!!! – Sorry I can never resist a little dig at the UK weather; in fact I know it’s been quite acceptable of late.
It’s time to find out how the property market fared during Q1 of 2016, so let’s have a look at what happened to the Spanish and Tenerife property markets. As I tend to point out, it’s always difficult to obtain true sales figures because there are still buyers and sellers that are not declaring the full value of the property that’s being sold. This always has an impact on the true results because not all figures are written on the property registration documents and as such, anything declared still has to be taken wi...