Italian law
Category

By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property, Property law, Real Estate Law

Prevention Is Better Than Cure… Seek Legal Experts

Prevention is always better than cure, therefore, always seek legal experts.

You’ve seen a few Italian properties online that you really like the look of. You want to book flights to Italy, organise rental car and accommodation to see the properties for yourself. But how do you know if the properties you’ve set your heart on seeing are legally safe and structurally sound? Before being advertised with a real estate agent, was a survey conducted? Have the legalities been checked?

Be sure to seek legal experts, before purchasing a property.

seek legal experts 

We can provide an independent and professional pre-purchase property background check service. That way, you can avoid problems such as buying a property with shared title deeds, other legal and financial complications, structural or planning permission issues. Knowing exactly where you stand before you view properties, you increase your chance of finding the right property first time and avoiding wasted trips and the expense of repeat visits and false starts.

We also provide a pre-sales property background check service for owners preparing to put Italian property on the real estate market. Having all the legal and structural details as part of your property sales package offers vendors a competitive advantage when promoting property for sale.

Please contact us if you would like assistance.

Italian Property Background Check

Our independent professional legal and structural advice will save you time and money before you buy or sell a property in Italy.

Ask about our pre-purchase and pre-sale services

Certificate of Habitability

Title Deeds / Legal Ownership

Bad debts

Land Registry

Planning Permission

Structural Survey

Geological Survey

Adverse Possession

Read more

By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property, Property law, Real Estate Law

First-time property purchases and Force Majeure

Frequently, property buyers in Italy decide to take advantage of tax reductions available for first-time property purchases, namely a registration tax of 2%, aFirst-time property purchases fixed cadastral tax of €50 and a fixed mortgage tax of €50. To benefit from fiscal reductions, purchasers must transfer their residence to the Municipality in which the property is located, within 18 months of signing the deed of sale. Missing the transfer deadline entails the loss of tax benefits and heavy fines unless there is an extraordinary event or circumstance that constitutes a force majeure. Examples of a force majeure event might be an earthquake, seaquake, flood, landslide. In general, any event deemed to be beyond man’s control, which renders the property uninhabitable. (more…)

Read more

By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property, Property law, Real Estate Law

The right to back out if there is no certificate of habitability

The right to back out of signing the final deed of sale if there is no certificate of habitability

Last November the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation ruled that buyers can refuse to enter into the final deed of sale if the residential property they have promised to buy has no certificate of habitability (Court of Cassation., section II, 26th November 2015-8th February 2016, n. 2438).agibilità

The Certificate of Habitability certifies the suitability of a residential property as being fit for human habitation. It is issued by the competent municipal offices following verification that the building and its systems comply with health, safety and structural regulations. According to law, prior to issuing the certificate of habitability, the competent authorities should also verify that the building complies with planning permission.

Following purchase of a property in Italy, owners will need the certificate of habitability to get utilities and municipal services for their property. (more…)

Read more

By In Inheritance Law, Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Will, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary

Inheritance Matters

Inheritance MattersInheritance matters. There is a gentle parody currently doing the rounds. Allegedly, the late lamented Italian novelist, philosopher and interpretive semiotician Umberto Eco has left a Will that neither his lawyers nor beneficiaries can decipher.

Obviously a Will should be accurate, concise and straightforward. Even if your life is highly complex, an experienced lawyer should be able to make sense of your legacies. (more…)

Read more

By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Property law, Real Estate Law

Italian Real Estate Leaseback Scheme

Italian Real Estate Leaseback Scheme: buying a house in instalments

The 2016 Stability Law introduces a new real estate leaseback contract, which allows the purchase of a property without resorting to a mortgage.real estate leaseback

The real estate leaseback scheme is a financial product for those whose annual income does not exceed 55,000 Euro and are in a position to take advantage of first home benefits, in other words, people who do not already own another property.

The contract can only be entered into by individuals and banks or leasing companies. The bank or leasing company commits to buy, or to build, a property on behalf of a client, who then becomes the property lessee. The property is therefore owned by the lender, while the lessee has the right to use the property upon payment of an initial instalment and a monthly rent thereafter. (more…)

Read more

By In EU provisions, Italian law, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Property law

Brexit Jitters?

brexitAbout 26,000 British nationals are registered in Italy, according to Italy’s National Institute of Statistics. The British embassy in Rome believes the true number of British residents in Italy is double that.

A significant fear for those concerned about Britain leaving the EU is the potential mass exodus of both Europeans and Britons from each other’s respective nations. In 2015, former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve claimed that: “… EU exit would make 2 million Britons abroad illegal immigrants overnight.” (more…)

Read more

By In Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Off-Plan Property, Property law, Real Estate Law

Buying properties in Italy is a major decision

buying properties

Buying properties in Italy is a major decision. Proceed with caution. Do your research. Always get independent advice.

Continued slow economic growth in Italy is helping to keep property prices low and therefore attractive for those looking to invest. Interest rates show no sign of substantially increasing in 2016 either in The UK or in the Eurozone. 2016 is therefore looking to be another year when many Britons will purchase an Italian property.

Each year, I am engaged by clients whose Italian property purchase started out as an impulse decision, driven more by emotional than rational considerations. Unfortunately, at some point during the purchase, the dream has turned in to a nightmare. All sorts of additional costs are incurred; costs which could have been completely avoided if legal advice had been sought prior to purchase. (more…)

Read more

By In EU provisions, Italian law, Italian Property, Italian Real Estate, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Property law, Real Estate Law

2016 Stability Law – Flat-Rate Tax Scheme

The2016 Stability Law flat-rate tax scheme, first introduced in to the Italian tax system by Stability Law 2015, has been modified and made more practical in the 2016 Stability Law.

The government’s objectives for introducing the flat-rate tax scheme are to boost employment, steer Italy’s economic recovery in a positive direction, reduce undeclared taxable income and employment irregularities. (more…)

Read more

By In Inheritance, Inheritance Law, Italian law, Italian Will, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Property law

The New 2015 European Inheritance Rules

European Inheritance Rules

Action should be taken now to benefit from the new 2015 European Inheritance Rules. According to The European Commission some 450,000 cross-border successions occur in the EU each year, estimated to be worth in excess of €120 billion. As it stands, many countries in the EU, including Italy, have laws governing ‘forced heirships’ along with different opinions as to whether inheritance is dealt with under local law, or the law of the nationality of the deceased. To somewhat solve this confusion and prevent disputes, effective August 17th 2015 new rules will allow individuals across participating EU member states to choose which country jurisdiction will apply to the devolution of estates. (more…)

Read more

By In EU Divorce Law, EU provisions, Italian Divorce Law, Italian law, Italian Property, Law, Law Firms in Italy, Notaio, Notary, Property law

Italian and EU International Divorces

International Divorces

an example picture

Italian and EU Divorce Law

Across much of the European Union, marriages between couples of different nationalities, are on the rise. In addition, the number of married couples living as expats in another EU country is increasing. Unfortunately, this means that international separations and divorces are becoming more common.

Obviously, people don’t enter into married life thinking about where the best location for a divorce would be; married couples are unlikely to be interested in thinking about this while they remain happy together, and couples may not be able to agree on the appropriate jurisdiction if they are about to be or are already separated. However, where couples choose to divorce can have a major impact on both parties’ financial health, so getting it right is crucial. (more…)

Read more