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Mortgages for non-Italian nationals

101I am often asked about the possibility of non-Italian nationals getting a mortgage to purchase an Italian property. I thought it might be interesting to explore the subject in this blog post.

In principle, non-Italian nationals can obtain a mortgage in Italy although in recent years, bank policies on lending to non-Italians have been tightened.

My advice is to shop around the banks to see who will lend to you and how much you can borrow based on the value of the property you are looking at buying. (more…)

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Protect your digital legacy. What legal rights do you and your beneficiaries have over your online life when you die?

Digital_AssetsThe problem with managing digital accounts when the owner has died has become more prevalent in recent years and is a relatively new phenomenon with very little precedent.

In a recent post, I touched upon our ever-increasing reliance on computers, smartphones and the internet. It is important to ensure that our data is  secure and that relevant information can be found by executors and beneficiaries when needed. This post explores digital data and assets in more depth. (more…)

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Renovating a Property in Italy – How To Avoid Common Mistakes

Property in ItalyBuying a Property in Italy

Spring has arrived so it would be timely to discuss a common issue I encounter every year; foreign buyers being seduced by an inexpensive house and an idyllic location. Buying a property in Italy and renovating it is an all-too‐common scenario in the Bel Paese. It is also an all‐too‐common scenario for these projects to end in heartache. Unfortunately, I usually don’t get to meet these buyers until they have spent far more than they expected and need to fix the problems they are experiencing. If you are thinking of taking on a house renovation project in Italy this year, taking on an Italian lawyer at the outset will save you time, money and anguish.
What are some of the common mistakes buyers make and how can they avoid them? (more…)

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Changing layout of internal spaces does not require building permission

In recent years, the Italian government has taken steps to simplify the often cumbersome paperwork necessary for renovation and building work. As arredamenti-campana-modena-home-slide-4part of these efforts, new legislation was introduced in 2014. Measures included a Notice of Commencement of Work – Dichiarazione Inizio Attività (DIA), which allows home owners in Italy to carry out certain work on their property without resorting to applying for planning and building permits. (more…)

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