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There are a surprising amount of expatriates renting property on the Costa del Sol who have not yet signed up to the padron. As an expat in Spain you are obliged to sign the register yet still many are unaware it even exists or unsure why they need to.
So why should you sign up to the muncipal register even if you are not a not a home owner? Here are some of the benefits you will have;
· Register with doctor
· Have the right to vote in the local and European elections
· Have access to free or discounted activities
· Free or reduced cost Spanish classes
· Register kids at school
· Help and support for the elderly
· Reduction in bus fares
· Tax reductions on certain services such as rubbish collection
Signing the padron is not a complicated process, it’s simple, quick and free and if you are spending the majority of your time in Spain you should be signing up. If you are worried about how this would affect your taxes or rights in the UK, the HMRC and new www.gov.uk websites provide lots of useful information about this. However the Town Hall itself is the best place to get information about the padron and its benefits.
It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the benefits are only available to those who have been signed up to the padron for a few years such as social care for the elderly, which is why its important to sign up as soon as you move to Spain.
By renting long term on the Costa del Sol and not signing up to the pardon, you risk not having access to your rights here in Spain and possibly wouldn’t be considered a UK resident either. Your resident status simply depends on where you spend the most time.
The budget allocated to each town depends on the amount of people who are signed up to the town’s padron so it’s important everyone does it to ensure their town receives the correct budget. In fact, Mijas Town Hall is sending out fines up to €150 to residents who don’t sign up as it could lead to the town losing out when it comes to budget allocation as they depend on the number of registered inhabitants.
If you have already signed up to the padron and are wondering whether you need to renew or make any adjustments, pop to your local town hall to check and bring with you original paperwork such as passport and residence tarjeta. In general, foreign residents should renew their empadronmiento every two years to avoid being dropped from the register and losing their rights.
The deadline for enrolment is the end of the year so best to head to your local Town Hall as soon as you can if you haven’t signed up yet.
For more information about renting long term on the Costa del Sol visit our website or call us on 952839 595.