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Italy – concrete proof that nationwide building regulation reform is on the way

Since taking office in 2014, Marianna Madia, Italy’s Minister of Public Administration and Simplification has, amongst other things, been working on introducing a set of standard building regulations. The aim is to simplify and harmonise rules and requirements for building practices across the whole of Italy.regolamento

Each of Italy’s 8 thousand municipalities currently have their own building regulations and many are outdated. Rome’s date back to 1934 so a reform is not only necessary, it is also urgent. Every Italian municipality’s building regulations have different definitions; even the notion of surface and the way it is calculated varies from one municipality to another. This plethora of building regulations across Italy is costly and they cause chaos and uncertainty. (more…)

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Buying a property in Italy can be a nightmare…

41Property purchase in Italy is a serious investment and often the fulfilment of a dream. Italy’s unique real estate laws and local customs all lead to the recommendation of  having the right team of advisors in place to make your experience successful.

A couple from Bristol found a house in the Abbruzzo that they wanted to buy. The local real estate agent, that the couple had engaged, got them to sign a Proposta di Acquisto (purchase offer). (more…)

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Italian supreme court approves adding TV licence to household electricity bills

Following a review in mid-April, the Italian Council of State has now approved the move to add the tv licence fee, for State broadcaster RAI, to household electricity bills.

The law of stability 2016 heralded a reduction in  the annual RAI license fee to €100 euros from the previous fee of €113,50.222

The new legislation introduces the presumption of ownership of a tv set in residences wherever electricity is installed.

From 2017, tv licence payments with electricity bills will take place in ten monthly instalments, from January to October of each year. (more…)

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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

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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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