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One year of the rental law of Catalonia

September 22 marks the first anniversary of the "Law on urgent measures on income containment in housing lease contracts" enforcement. This law regulates rental prices in 60 municipalities in Catalonia, which have been declared as "Areas with a tense housing market." This measure continues to give a lot to talk about since last0 June the Central Government appealed it by claiming that it violates state...

Goodbye to the so-called Cuban Law (Article 28 of the Mortgage Law)

As a result of COVID-19, unfortunately, inheritances have skyrocketed significantly. According to data published on the website of the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, in the first half of this year, 17,774 property transfers by inheritance have been managed in Catalonia, 40% more than in the same period last year, which was 10,533 (being 26,674 in total in 2020). This situation has led to an...

New Law on Prevention and Fight Against Tax Fraud

A few days ago, the Official State Gazette published the new Law on Prevention and Fight Against Tax Fraud. The purpose of this Law is to fight tax fraud linked to new technologies, pursue inappropriate behavior and avoid abusive tax planning. The main measures that will affect individuals, freelancers, investors, and companies are the following: It prohibits the production, possession, or use...

The people of Barcelona at risk from noise pollution

With the arrival of heat and good weather comes that long-awaited moment to open the windows to enjoy the breeze and cool off a bit. But, unfortunately, the high volume of TVs at untimely hours, from little considered neighbors, the music from bars or restaurants, added to cars, garbage trucks, and construction sites, among others, can cause serious health problems. Anxiety, insomnia, stress, tiredness,...

Tourist apartments: a new and problematic phenomenon

  Tourism is changing substantially in many cities, generating new situations and problems that did not exist in the past, such as the appearance and constant increase of rental housing for tourist use in communities of owners. Barcelona has become a world reference for tourism thanks to its cultural attractions, architecture, and leisure it offers and an international magnet for the business...

End of the State of Alarm

Finally, after six long months, the State of Alarm came to an end at dawn on Sunday; however, we must continue to wear masks and comply with the indications. Although Catalonia is doing better, the epidemic continues, and we must not relax. With the end of the state of alarm at midnight on May 9 came the lifting of two measures that limited the freedom of movement of the entire population. That is, the...

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