Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

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...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Pension freedoms still highly popular with expat retirement savers

Retirement savers are still taking cash from their pension pots, but less has been taken out than in 2018. It seems pensions freedoms are still the name of the game for soon-to-be expat retirees, even although last year’s total withdrawals were slightly higher than this year’s to date. Official data revealed by HM Revenue and Customs shows some £30 billion sterling withdrawn since pension freedoms were introduced in 2015, with more detailed data for 2019’s third quarter showing £2.4 billion taken in flexible drawdowns. The...
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

Massive basement cannabis factory discovered in Mijas

Mijas police find massive cannabis plantation in luxury Costa del Sol villa’s basement. Mijas’s extensive British expat population were amazed when the news of a police raid on a huge indoor cannabis plantation broke. The impressive installation contained more than 500 flourishing cannabis plants, and was discovered in the basement of one of Mijas’s most luxurious villas. Obviously a large-scale marijuana operation, all of the plants were in an advanced growth stage. Irrigation systems, high-power lamps trained on the...
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...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats urged to guard against fraudulent text messages

In this internet age, texting is a big part of most peoples’ daily lives, whether they’re living in their country of birth or overseas as an expat. There’s no doubt that texts are an aid to businesses as well as for those keeping in touch with their friends and families at home and away. Unfortunately, not all texts messages are what they seem, as they’re also a convenient tool for fraudsters looking to part the unwary from their money. One absolute favourite is a text seemingly from the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs informing...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Where next for the world’s mega-banks and expat financiers post-Brexit?

Dublin wins out over European cities for luring London-based financial services firms. The question over which European city will gain the most financial services companies fleeing the UK to avoid Brexit’s consequences has now been answered. Out of some 332 financial services firms who’ve moved out of the UK, 115 have chosen the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Luxembourg gained second place with 71 and Paris attracted 69, whilst Frankfurt’s 45 and Amsterdam’s 40 making up the total in losses to the UK economy....
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy Hong Kong expats looking to emigrate to Oz

In spite of reports suggesting expat bankers in Hong Kong are in it for the long-haul, realtors are seeing a rush to invest in Australian property. Both expat professionals and Hong Kong’s wealthy elite are now hedging their bets on the outcome of the seemingly endless weekend protests. Although it seems no-one actually wants to leave, those with enough folding money are quietly investing in Australian property as a hedge against a full Chinese military takeover of one of the world’s most important financial hubs. From expat...