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Costaluz Lawyers Legal Chronicle 2023

The past year has brought several pivotal changes and rulings in Spain’s legal framework, reflecting a broader trend towards enhancing transparency, fairness, and protection for individuals and consumers. This is a simplified overview of these developments, aimed at making complex legal topics more accessible and understandable for everyone.

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Spanish Supreme Court upholds ban on tourist apartments in residential buildings

The Civil Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court has issued two landmark rulings affirming the right of homeowners’ associations to prohibit the use of properties for economic activities, specifically targeting ‘tourist apartments’. This decision underscores the Court’s view that short-term rentals for tourism purposes are indeed economic activities.

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Important update for British citizens in Spain: New gov.uk guidance available

We’re excited to share that the UK government has recently updated their comprehensive guide for British citizens moving to or living in Spain. This valuable resource, published on gov.uk, offers in-depth guidance on a range of important topics, including residency, healthcare, passports, and much more.

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ECJ safeguards consumer rights: New ruling on the prescription of abusive clauses

The recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on January 25, 2024, in the combined cases C-810/21 to C-813/21, marks a significant victory for consumer rights. The court has determined that the limitation period for the restitution of payments made under abusive clauses starts only when the consumer becomes aware of such abuse.

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Regional variations in Spain’s Wealth tax breaks and adjustments in light of ITSGF

As outlined in the AEAT’s 2022 Wealth Tax Guide, when filing the Wealth Tax return for the 2022 financial year, seven autonomous communities in Spain offered regional tax breaks on this tax, each varying in percentage (Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Galicia, and Madrid). Later on, Extremadura and Cantabria also joined this list.

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Navigating the co-living landscape in Spain: Trends and legal challenges

In Spain, the concept of co-living is rapidly gaining traction and is on the brink of considerable growth in the coming years. This mode of living is increasingly appealing in a world that values flexibility, mobility, and social connectivity, making it a favored choice for professionals on temporary assignments and students on internships.

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Spanish bank ordered to compensate client who was ‘unfairly’ blacklisted

The Spanish Supreme Court has recently ruled against Unicaja bank for having wrongly blacklisted a client in what it considered a violation of their rights to ‘personal honour’ and data protection.

As a result of the ruling, the Spanish bank has been ordered to remove the client from the Defaulters’ Register and pay 5,000 euros in damages, plus interest, for this error.

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