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Legalities

 

The number 1 rule to buying a property in Italy is to make sure you have a lawyer. You
wouldn’t buy a property in the UK without a solicitor would you? Within this area we have a
selection of articles that relate to the legal facets of property in Italy.
 

Buying land to build on in Italy

Many readers we speak to consider purchasing land to build property, but for those of you thinking about this option, there are several important steps you MUST follow along the way in order to avoid potential pitfalls. In most rural areas there will be a ratio, fixed by the provincial government and establishes how many square metres of land you need in a given area per square metre of house you want to build. If there is already an existing “rustico” on  More...


“My partner and I are planning on buying in Italy but we aren’t married – is this likely to cause any problems?”

There are many legal issues involved in buying property in Italy that can cause confusion and for this reason we regularly receive emails and calls from potential buyers with a range of questions. Today, we ask our law firm in Italy to answer one of the most commonly asked questions. If you have a question for them, please click the link at the bottom of the article and they will be happy to help... At first, this may seem like a strange thing to consider when  More...


The role of a notary in Italy

A notary, or notaio, in Italy is a public officer, appointed by the state and whose role is to authenticate and attest acts. He/she works within the law, with families and businesses to create appropriate legal solutions that satisfy both the law and the aims of both parties, thus discouraging any future litigation. Although is it not common practice to enlist the services of a private solicitor (avvocato), no property transaction in Italy cannot be undertaken without the  More...


Legal tips for renovating in Italy

Before taking on a renovation project in Italy, it is worth bearing in mind that it will involve an awful lot of hard work and frustration. The work will take far longer than you ever anticipated it taking, and will cost far more than you ever anticipated spending. That is simply the nature of the beast. A massive undertaking even when in the comfort of your home country; a renovation in Italy, with the different laws, regulations, language, work ethic etc is never going to be  More...


Handling visitors

One of the things that might have helped you make the transition to Italy – as well as, perhaps, one of the aspects of your new life there that you were most looking forward to – may well have been the exciting prospect of having your friends, family and loved-ones to stay in your new home. The reality of receiving guests, however, can be a very different experience indeed. When you decide to move to somewhere sunny, your visitor traffic may well increase  More...


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