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Selling properties in Italy? What you should know.

20Selling properties in Italy can often be a difficult and lengthy process, so it is important to make things easier for yourself by preparing and understanding what’s involved. The first stage is to put the property on the market, either as a private sale or though an estate agency.

If you are considering appointing an Italian real estate agent, it is important to ensure that the agent is qualified and registered with the local Chamber of Commerce in full compliance with Italian law. (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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Do you, or your family, own Italian assets?

Italian assetsIf you, or your family, own Italian assets, it is advisable to research and prepare for the future of those Italian assets. You can watch our short video on this subject here: http://bit.ly/1VDqOnY

Inheritance and probate laws vary from country to country and it is unlikely that the Italian assets will be subject to the same procedures and laws as the assets at home. (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

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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Why is it worth drafting an Italian Will?

71It is generally recommended that foreign citizens owning assets in Italy draft an Italian Will. This will prevent significant difficulties that heirs might experience when transferring the ownership of Italian properties originally registered in the name of the testator. Under Italian law, all foreign Wills must be authenticated by an Italian Public Notary before going through the Italian probate process. (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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Millions of Britons do not have a Will

The majority of Britons have not written a Will, according to research from the Law Society.50652_fullimage_istock_000067974129_xxxlarge

The representative body for solicitors has now warned that the consequences of dying without a valid will can be dire for those left behind.

The research revealed that 73 per cent of 16-54 year olds don’t have a Will, while 64 per cent of people over the age of 55 have made their final wishes clear in a will. The research also found that men are more likely to have a Will and keep it updated than women. (more…)

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