David Searl

Q. If an owner wishes to enlarge the French doors, such action would alter the facade of the block. Does he need the agreement of the adjacent owners? Does he…
Q. An organisation close to us in the countryside holds seminars lasting 10 days or more on a frequent basis throughout the year, causing us much disruption. Our mains water…
Q. We need your advice on a problem with a detached property behind our house with private pool. The owner lives in Scandinavia and rents out this property for most…
Q. ‘Pozos Negros,’ or individual septic tanks, are illegal, so my town hall has been installing mains systems throughout the area little by little. They have also done many things…
Q. I own an apartment in a Community in Mallorca. Last year we noticed a leak in our shower room. Our neighbour above has the same layout so the leak…
Q. Recently we were ‘ambushed’ by a couple of local plumbers along with our Community President, declaring that a water leak from our bathroom was entering apartments below us. They…
Q. My neighbour in the Community has fitted an outside chimney flue to some type of internal fire. My house is a three-storey terraced house. The neighbour had a canopy…
Q. Two weeks ago, we responded to a series of questions about riding a bicycle. We said that no alcohol limits applied to riders of bicycles. We have now been…
Q. On our community we have owners who owe thousands of euros in fees. Some have let their properties out for years and are not paying. Perhaps they are not…
Q. We purchased a property for €110,000 two years ago and we are selling it now for €300,000. We intend to spend about €200,000 on our next home in Spain.…
Q. We are proposing to change the way we divide our Community fees. Our ‘cuotas’ are not the ones recorded in our “‘escrituras.’ Our fees have been changed three times…
Q. On May 11 the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal for town halls to collect the Plusvalia municipal tax on transfer of properties when a sale is…
Q. I have recently sold a small apartment. Despite selling at a considerable loss, the Mijas Town Hall informs me that I must pay €1,700 ‘plus valia’ tax. I believe…
Q. I am the newly-elected President of a community of property owners and I am faced with a situation where the partner of the former President has been operating a…
Q. My husband and I have two apartments on the Costa Blanca. In the current market, they are probably worth about €250,000 for both. We have owned them since 2002,…
Q. Our Community has several problems due to lack of maintenance. The buildings and outside areas like the garden and car park are looking quite shabby. At the imminent AGM…
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