MILITARY AUTHORISATION TO BUY PROPERTY IN TORREVIEJA, ORIHUELA, MURCIA FOR UK RESIDENTS
After Brexit, UK residents become non-EU foreigners and therefore they must apply for the military authorization to buy a property in certain areas of Spain. The areas included in the military protected area are Torrevieja, Orihuela (Alicante), Cartagena, Mar Menor area or Mazarrón (Murcia) and others like Galicia or the frontier with France or Portugal.
This obligation is regulated by the Law 8/1975, and the Royal Decree 689/1978. Although this law is considered outdated and many professionals in the area consider that it must be repealed, the law is in force and we have to bear in mind that now it also applies to UK residents that were not included in the past.
This military authorization has to be granted before signing the new Title Deeds (before completing the property purchase) and the Notary and Registrar have to request it. At present, the delay to get this authorization can be of 3 to 6 months.
The application form has to be presented in Barcelona in the Ministry of Defense office that deals with this, prior to complete the sale.
So, all non-EU nationals (except Switzerland and Norway) who want to buy a property in the before mentioned areas need to apply for it with the following documentation:
– A criminal record (obtained in their country of residence, legalized with the Apostille stamp and officially translated by a sworn translator)
– Photocopy of passport and/or residence card, officially translated by a sworn translator.
– Detailed plan of the house on a scale not less than 1/500 and a location map of the property.
-If the buyer does not fill the application in person, the representative or lawyer can do it with a power of attorney.
If you would like to know if the property you intend to purchase is in the military area please contact us https://spanish-lawyer.org/contact/