We recommend that you choose a lawyer who is specialised in Spanish land law (urbanismo). The Spanish property conveyancing system is different from the UK system so it is important that your lawyer is qualified and experienced in Spain.
Appoint an independent conveyancer to carry out searches on the property, obtaining all the necessary paperwork, to confirm that there are no outstanding debts or embargoes on the Tenerife property. The agency or Abogado lawyer has the responsibility to gather up-to-date receipts and to see that there are no pending debts on the property in Tenerife.
The Notary (Notaria)
This is a solicitor appointed by the Spanish government to witness the signing of all legal public documents and has a duty to provide you with free and impartial legal advice on all aspects of the contract before you sign the title deeds (escritura) of the property. The Notaria represents both the buyer and the seller. The Notary fees are set by law on a set scale depending on the purchase price of the property and must be paid at the time of the signing of the deeds. The Original signed document is retained by the Notary who will apply for a formal change in the Tenerife land registry. The purchaser will receive an initial legal copy of the title deed which is signed and stamped by the Notary. The official title deed is your official proof of ownership and must be kept in a secure location.