Property in Spain | What is a nota simple?

Meaning of nota simple

Section for people wanting to buy, sell or rent property in Spain.

What is a nota simple?

A nota simple is a certificate given by the local Property Registry which contains a full description of the property you are going to purchase in Spain. This description should include the following information:

-Whether the property has any outstanding debts (unpaid community charges, mortgages or local taxes)





-The full name of the current owner

-The boundaries of the property

-The total square meters of the property (house + land)

-Classification of the property (rústico, urbano, or urbanizable). This is very very important if you are intending to build on the land so be careful

-The rights that others may have over the property (eg public paths, railway lines, pipes or waterways). This is particularly relevant if you are buying property in the Costa Blanca area or indeed anywhere in the Valencian Region (see news item on Valencian land laws)

In Spain, debts may be tied to a property rather than to the owner of the property. This is why you reallly must study the nota simple carefully, with a legal expert if possible.

Other useful links
Latest news on the property market in Spain Selection of news articles related to the real estate market here.
Mortgages in Spain, a brief introduction to the Spanish mortgage market, how it works and interest rates in Spain
Spanish banks, before applying for a mortgage, find out more about Spain's most popular banks and Spanish savings banks.
Property taxes in Spain, description of taxes involved in purchasing property and yearly property taxes in Spain.
Useful Spanish vocab for buying a house - you should learn at least the basic terms. Check out our pronunciation guide too.
Renting property in Spain - if you want to buy to rent, then read this section and our free notice board of property to rent in Spain.
Spanish lawyers - information on lawyers fees in Spain for property transactions
Houses for sale in Spain - take a look at the kind of houses available. Or check out our free Spain property for sale board.
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