You know that you live in Valencia …when

You know that you live in Valencia ... - when you go back to your native country and you see a mixed paella of meat and seafood, you feel indignant, crie out that its a gastronomic scandal and threat to file a complaint!- If you have passed the test of the famous NIE, that is to say, if you took less than a week to understand exactly how it works and less than 2 months to get it.- If when [...]

Spanish government is extending rental contract to a period of 5 years and limits the rental deposit to 2 months

 On Friday 14th December, as expected, the Council of Ministers has approved the urgent matter regarding rental accommodations in order to improve its conditions, particularly difficult in larger cities.These new mesures are aiming to decrease difficulties encounter by families and young people alike when accessing the rental market.This new legislation would provide them with improved visibility and stability.The contract will be available for a period of 5 years instead of 3 as it was the case in the past.In [...]

New rules of the game …

A small reminder about the new rules of the game ...If you own a tourist apartment registered on one of the many short-term rental platforms, you have probably received an email explaining that from January 2019, Hacienda (Spanish taxes) will require all the data relating to your rentals.It is a tax law, approved by the Ministry of Finances in December 2017, came into vigor last July that requires platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway e.t.c. to communicate before the 31st [...]

Super nice ambiance at our last “expat dinner”

 With almost 40 people and a mixture of Americans, English, French, and of course Valencians, the dinner that we organize every month has had, as always, a lot of success ... The selection of the site has been a good choice, because the Restaurant La Pureta privatized its facilities to receive  that great group of "guiris"! A nice food watered by good Spanish wines helped everyone to have a good evening, making new friends and contacts. That dinner takes place [...]

Valencia is getting ready for its 38th historic marathon, Sunday december 2nd

22,000: this is the record-breaking number of bibs sold this year for the big gathering of runners. Registrations have already closed 2 months ago after easily reaching the threshold of 20,000! Last year had already seen an amazing number of 19,248 participants, setting a record, as it does year after year. Both the government and the organisers intent to monitor the growth of this event. In fact, this dramatic increase has been initiated by Juan Roig, businessman and sponsor, [...]

Living in Valencia : the new “American dream”

One of the many things I love about Valencia is the ease with which we can meet with friends. There is always a bar, a restaurant or a cozy place to be able to share with someone (or on your own) a coffee, a horchata or a vermouth. There isn’t a great distance or traffic jams between each person so you can easily “pensat y fet” (think and do) and find time to talk, visit an art exhibit, or simply [...]

Rise in Social Security affiliations points to rebound in the Spanish job market

  But unemployment also grew last month, with a total of 3.2 million people out of work, according to figures released on Monday by the Labor Ministry (El Pais) The number of workers signed up to Spain’s Social Security system has gone back up to around 19 million. Last month closed with 18.99 million workers, to be exact, a rise of 130,360 people – the best figure for the month of October. On the down side, however, the official number of [...]

How will be your life after Brexit if you are Briton living in Spain ?

(El Pais) While the flood of confusing news stories about Brexit continues apace, Britons currently living in Spain are faced with a series of uncertainties and questions. What rights will I have after Brexit? Will I have access to healthcare in Spain? What will happen to my work contract? And my pension?Coming from a law firm specializing in British citizenship, we are constantly receiving questions like these.Given that the negotiations over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union [...]