Guide to Buying Abroad with Family

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The Overseas Guides Company Ltd released a guide to buying abroad with family. As they said, “a holiday home is perhaps the most life-enhancing thing you will ever buy. It helps you get to know and love another culture. It can be more relaxing than a package holiday to the tourist sites – a holiday whenever you want it, for ever, and to pass on to your children. […]

Guide to buying abroad with familyA holiday home abroad has the power to keep families together. Siblings might fight like cats and dogs as children, but many find they appreciate each other’s company more as they get older. Every Christmas you promise to see each other more often, but by the summer you’ve drifted apart again. For older children who don’t want to go on the usual family holiday, for students who don’t come home as much anymore, a holiday home can be the glue that holds the family together. […]

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We’ve all heard about families that fall out over money. How can you protect yourself, your investment and your closest relationships? You need legal protections that will endure down the generations. Read on for some great advice on this, from specialist lawyers. […] Read more

Property Selling Guide

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This property selling guide focuses on the issues that a seller may encounter during an Italian property conveyance.

When selling an Italian property, there are some legal issues which should be seriously considered. Due to the language barrier and differences in property sellinglegal systems, real estate transactions in Italy can appear as a difficult and protracted process for foreign investors. The Italian legal process is obviously technical and might expose you to some risks. Considering the interests at stake in a real estate transaction, it is advisable that you seek the assistance of a qualified bilingual legal advisor, who has the competence to guide you through the process and advise on potential risks. Read more

Property Buying Guide

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Italian Property Buying Guide

This Property Buying Guide aims to cover key elements of the Italian purchasing process.property buying guide

For a more in-depth explanation, you may wish to read our comprehensive Italian Property Buying Guide.

The purchase of a property in Italy proceeds through 3 key stages:

  • Proposta irrevocabile d’acquisto (Reservation offer)
  • Contratto preliminare di vendita (Preliminary contract)
  • Atto di vendita (Deed of sale)

Once you have chosen your property you should engage the services of a solicitor, whether you buy through a real estate agent or directly from the vendor. The knowledge that an Italian solicitor has about Italian real estate law is invaluable – plus, your own solicitor is there exclusively to look after your interests. Read more

2017 Legislation: Holding Account

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Keeping Your Money Safe in a Holding Account until the Completion of Your Italian Property Purchase

On 29th August, 2017, the holding account was introduced. The new legislation governing payments for the purchase of Italian residential and commercial Holding accountreal estate property came in to effect as part of the Law of Competition. The legislation is retroactive, which means that it also applies to ongoing property purchases started prior to 29th August 2017.

New rules aim to give better protection to both buyers and sellers. Funds for the completion of purchase of Italian property real estate will now be held in a holding account by the chosen notary to the transaction. Deposits connected with a reservation offer and preliminary contracts are not subject to this new legislation. Read more

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Partition of Property among Family Members

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Partition of Property among Family Members

Partition of The Estate: how does it work?

Partition of Property among Family Members

Introduction

Should there be more than one heir nominated in a Will or in accordance with Italian law, a condition of joint-ownership of rights and duties concerning the inheritance is established among the co-heirs.

A testator’s estate is composed of assets and real rights: the co-heirs receive the estate in proportion to their inheritance quota, either as apportioned in the testator’s Will or in accordance with the law –  and, in the same proportion, they acquire any credits due and take on all the debts of the testator. Read more

Legal action against real estate agents in Italy

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According to the Law 39/1989, realtors and real estate agents in Italy must be registered with their local Chamber of Commerce. If not registered, a real estate agent is liable to fines and other penalties and will not be entitled to agreed commissions.

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This legislation also provides an important guarantee for the consumer, in that the law requires the agent to have adequate insurance cover in order to practise their profession. The scope of this professional insurance policy must provide the consumer with cover in the event of negligence on the part of the agent. Read more

Buying a house in Italy: Taxes

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Responsibility of The Contractor for Defects And/Or Variations in Construction Works

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Construction WorksThe best advice I can give you before entering into a contract with a construction or renovation company is to call your legal advisor to get a contract drafted between you and the company you have chosen to carry out the work. A professionally drafted contract is your best protection should any problems with the construction works arise.

Whether there are issues with defective material, poor execution of works, deviations from the agreed plan or a request for additional money, a professionally drafted contract in both English and Italian will prevent a lot of problems, reduce stress and often save you a considerable amount of money. Read more

Insurance Policy for Off-Plan Properties

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According to article 4 of the legislative decree 122/2005 the construction company is obliged to deliver to the buyer, at the moment of the transfer ofinsurance policy ownership, an insurance policy as a guarantee for serious construction defects affecting the property. This insurance policy has a cover of 10 years.

A good piece of advice is to request that the Notary Public, who must be involved in the sale, make explicit reference to the insurance policy in the Deed of Sale. Read more