Life in Spain

Creating and maintaining a beautiful community garden

Communal areas are important for fostering community spirit and having a beautiful garden area where residents can relax and enjoy the Spanish weather is a real benefit for everyone. However, gardening in Spain can be tough if you don’t want to spend money on full time staff to look after your plants and also want …

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How can the Community embargo a debtor’s property?

One of the most frequent and troubling issues facing communities in the current economic climate is owners not paying their community fees and accruing large debts which they cannot pay. There are some communities where a significant percentage of owners are not paying. In these cases the community suffers as general maintenance, gardening, pool cleaning …

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Is there an alternative to Chlorine?

With our lovely Spanish weather many urbanisations have swimming pools which are very popular with families, owners and also holiday makers. However maintaining water quality without using tons of chemicals can be hard. More and more community presidents are looking for alternatives to chlorine so they don’t have the smell, can stop damage to hair …

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What is the responsibility of a Community President?

The Law on Horizontal Property states that all communities must have a President and gives this individual certain duties, obligations and rights. Fundamentally he or she is the official representative of the community of property owners and responsible for dealing with individual members, community issues and legal matters. A Community President must be elected at …

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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 putting in smart electricity meters …

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Can I say no to being Community President?

Every community and urbanization requires a community president. In most Spanish communities, the role of President rotates between the neighbours and each year the presidency is changed, unless both the president and the owners are happy to carry on. There is no maximum term, but the minimum term is one year and if no one agrees …

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Is everyone on your urbanization registered on the Padron?

There are just four weeks left now until the end of the year and the deadline to sign up to the padron, or the municipal register which each town uses to show how many residents they have. As a community president you will understand the importance of your residents signing on the municipal register, as …

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