Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

British long-stay expats in Spain increasingly angry over 15-year voting exclusion

As yet another Brexit-induced British general election looms, some 60 per cent of UK expats in Europe are being denied the right to vote. The issue is the rule that British citizens living overseas for over 15 years are excluded from voting in UK elections or referendums even although, as in this case, their rights can be totally denied should the vote go the wrong way for their present circumstances. Put bleakly, those who chose to emigrate after retirement and who’ve built their new lives according to their preferences and...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Benalmadena expats horrified by psychopathic killings of animals in local park

British expats in Spain's popular Benalmadena are being warned about a possible psychopath killing animals in the town’s park. British expats are branding as a psychopath the unknown person responsible for decapitating rabbits and injuring other animals in the city’s popular Paloma Park. The city’s large expat community was horrified when a local resident shared online images of one decapitated rabbit as well as the news that she’d found more seriously injured rabbits in the park as well as several dead birds. Branding the...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government to pay out colossal compensation for gota fria destruction

The true cost of Spain’s devastating gota fria storms is now calculated to total at least €379 million, but claims are still being received. Spain’s Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros has released its estimates of householder compensation for the massive damage and destruction caused by this summer’s devastating weather phenomenon known as the gota fria. At present, some 600,000 claims have been received, with more still coming in and expected to raise the total cost to at least €422 million. Tens of thousands of homes...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Property tax shock for British expat landlords in Spain

Brit holiday home landlords with properties in Europe are in for an unpleasant tax shock once Brexit finally kicks in. Many thousands of British would-be expats who’ve purchased holiday homes in preparation for retirement and are letting them out in the meanwhile are to be hit with increased property taxes once the UK leaves the EU. Worst hit will be those with properties in Spain, the favourite destination for British visitors due to its laid-back lifestyle and established expat communities. At present, British expats pay...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat residents and Gibraltarians urged to vote on an abortion referendum

Expats and residents on Gibraltar are being asked to vote in a promised abortion referendum. The Gibraltar government are now asking residents and citizens of the Rock to vote on the abortion referendum pledged earlier this year, and are also planning to open the vote to those aged 16 and over. At the present time, abortion in Gibraltar is illegal and carries a penalty of life imprisonment on conviction, leaving Gibraltarian females the only option of crossing the border into Spain. The Rock’s recently elected new government intends...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain threatened by rise in illegal squatters targeting homes Expats in Spain threatened by rise in illegal squatters targeting homes

Expats in Spain are now being warned over an increase in squatters knowledgeable about their legal rights. The increase in illegal squatters is taking place in many areas popular with expat retirees, and is becoming a very real threat to their lifestyles and overall safety. It seems squatting in now becoming a well-organised racket led by belligerent illegals who’re fully aware of their rights and have crooked lawyers backing them up. Some areas are now almost no-go for expat home owners, with Alicante one of the worst affected...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

British expats in Spain rush to register as Brexit rears its ugly head

Brits in Spain are rushing to register as Brexit looms. With just over a week to go before the threat of Brexit becomes a reality, the numbers of British expats registering with their local authorities has soared, but the numbers of Brits officially registered in Malaga province tanked from 76,931 in 2013 to just 47,193 in 2019. Since 2013, the value of sterling has been steadily falling, putting pressure on the none-too generous UK state pension, and rises in property prices have also had negative effects on the Costa del Sol region...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Gibraltar and nearby Spanish towns protest against Brexit

Last weekend’s massive anti-Brexit protest by several thousand members of Gibraltar’s expat community made their opinions about Johnson’s new deal as clear as day. Taking place in the border town of La Linea de la Conception and attended by the mayors of Los Barrios, La Linea and San Roque, the march saw over 2,000 anti-Brexit protestors voicing their fury over the potentially disastrous effect of a no-deal Brexit both on their lives and on the economies of Gibraltar and southern Spain. For decades, the British overseas...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat victims of Spain’s gota fria still waiting for insurance payments

British expats in Spain who’ve lost everything due to the devastating gota fria weather event are being assured they’ll get compensation some time in the future. The above is hardly reassuring to British expats who’ve lost homes, belongings, cars and treasured possessions, but it’s how Spanish bureaucracy works – slowly, especially when a large area is designated as a disaster zone. A small proportion of the cost of every expat's insurance policies ends up with the Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros (CCS), a government body...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Retired British cocaine smuggling couple beg Johnson for transfer to better jail

The British expat couple arrested last year for smuggling cocaine in suitcases with false bottoms are now appealing to the British PM to get them out of a rat-infested Lisbon jail. Roger Clarke and his wife Susan had been running their suitcase scam from their retirement home in Spain for several years when their modus operadum was cracked and they were arrested when the cruise liner on which they were travelling docked at Lisbon. Both were convicted and sent to a notorious Lisbon jail, but are now attempting to get transferred to a...