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WHAT ROLE DOES THE NOTARY PLAY IN YOUR SPANISH PROPERTY PURCHASE?

Posted by Mark on 12 May 2022
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What a Spanish notary does

Purchasing a property in Spain is a very safe and easy process as long as you ensure you obtain the services of a qualified and independent lawyer. You can find a list of these on the UK government foreign office website relating to purchasing property overseas.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spain-list-of-lawyers

You cannot purchase a property in Spain without a Notary.

Notaries are independent officials that draw up the TitleDeeds of purchase/sale. Their qualifications are above those of a Lawyer.

Notaries are completely unbiased towards buyers and sellers. They also make sure both buyers and sellers are who they claim to be.

The Notary certifies private documents and brings them into public domain. For example, the Notary will sign and verify the Title Deeds of purchase and send them to the Land Registry for public registration

The difference between a Notary and a Lawyer; 

The Lawyer prepares the documents and the Notary verifies them.Lawyers look after their own clients and are completely biased to their interests. They check to make sure a property is legal and has no debts. You’re only in the presence of the Notary for a short time They’ll read your Deeds aloud then sign on the imaginary dotted line.

Legal services when purchasing in spain

Gestors

Many Spanish citizens use a ‘Gestor’ to carry out bureaucracy on their behalf. Only a ‘Gestor Administrativo’ with the GA kite mark is professionally qualified and certified to process paperwork directly with the Spanish administration.

If you are thinking of purchasing a property in Spain, feel free to call Spanish property Finder on +34 951 744 294 for any questions with relation to the buying process, costs or to arrange for us to find your perfect property in the Sun. You can also email us on [email protected] 

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