Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

22 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat left powerless due to next door cannabis plantation

An unfortunate British expat in the Spanish resort community of Finestrat just outside Benidorm has no power as local workers confused his meter with the one supplying the next-door marijuana plantation. Workers from Spain’s electricity provider Iberdrola arrived at the home of British expat Steve Knight, armed with an order to cut off the supply to the adjacent property, believed to be housing a marijuana plantation. Steve had already recognised the pungent smell from the cannabis plants, but left well alone. His suspicions were...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Costa del Sol police net expat drug smuggling gang

A gang of 10 French drug smugglers met their match in Mijas when a combined Spanish/French police raid ended their operations. The latest win in the war against drug smugglers in Spain has resulted in the major bust of a French gang transporting cocaine and marijuana between Algeria, Morocco and Malaga. Once on Spanish soil, the drugs were repackaged and hidden in secret compartments installed behind motor vehicle license plates. The arrests took place in Mijas, one stop on the route used by the drug smugglers. A successful joint...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Survey praises Spain as best world country for expat longevity

A major world health survey has revealed Spain as the planet’s most healthy country. Last year, the Health Metrics Institute at the University of Washington revealed Spain as the second most healthy world country, with a further 2019 survey elevating it to number one for longevity and overall health. This year’s result, tabled by the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, included variables such as obesity, tobacco use and life expectancy and also took into account correct sanitation and the provision of clean water. By 2040,...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

British expats in Spain flying to join huge Brexit protest

Around 100 members of Brexit protest group Bremain in Spain are planning to fly back to the UK to join what promises to be a huge protest against Brexit. The march will take place Saturday, just a few days before the UK’s time for negotiating a soft withdrawal runs out. Estimated to draw huge numbers, the ‘Put it to the People’ protest is set to be the largest ever held in the entire history of British politics. Organised by the People’s Vote campaign, the march is intended to demand any Brexit exit be first legitimised by the...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats, locals and government join to fight Palma mall development

The Balearic government, Palma city council and the Consell de Mallorca have joined forces with locals and expats to fight against the huge Palma Springs development planned in Playa del Palma. The proposed 80,000 square metre mega-mall and lifestyle centre, planned for the natural wetlands area of Ses Fontanelles, received its license to build in 2014 but contractors weren’t able to start the project and the license elapsed. On reapplying, developers were told a new license would not be issued as green area protection laws had been...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Soaring London housing costs await reluctant Brit expat returnees

For British retirees reluctantly returning to the home country post-Brexit, the biggest shock may well be the price of London property. Although most EU member states have reassured their UK expat communities they’ll keep the majority of their rights, a significant number of Britons may well decide to give up and go home rather than face even the slightest hint of further uncertainty. However, for many former Londoners heading back to their home turf, affording to buy or even rent a property may be well out of reach, as the capital...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Alicante now cheapest rental destination for would-be British expats

Alicante is now a favourite for British retirees due to its cheap rentals. As the value of sterling staggers due to Brexit uncertainty, finding a cheap rental apartment in Spain is a priority for many British expat retirees. A recent survey by a local appraisal company could well help with decision-making, as it’s identified the five Spanish retirement destinations with the cheapest rentals. Alicante is the best known, already popular with British expats, and Huelva, Elche, Almeria and Castellon de la Plana are also mentioned as...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

EU to force Spain over ‘illegal’ expat tax

Part-time expats who rent out their Spanish homes can now claim the 60 per cent tax reduction given to Spanish nationals in the same circumstances. In a rare intervention by the European Commission, the practice of charging non-permanent resident expats tax on earnings from renting their Spanish properties is now considered unfair as well as illegal. The 60 per cent income tax reduction granted to Spanish citizen property owners will now be made available to their expat equivalents after the end of the two-month period granted by the...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Which EU countries are being kindest to British expats

Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats. The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Spanish decree reassures Brit expats but caveat still cause for concern

Remain campaigners based in Spain are welcoming the Royal Decree protecting British expats’ rights. After more than two years of worry and fear, British expats living, working and owning SMES in Spain can now relax, secure in the knowledge they will be able to access the country’ s excellent healthcare options, their pensions and their unemployment benefits. According to Spain’s foreign minister, the aim of the decree is to ensure Britons and their families are protected from the effects of a hard Brexit, and for their lifestyles...