Like other countries there are rules to be followed in having a property. Here are the some of the basic steps to help you understand the procedures and legal acts that are required in acquiring a property in Portugal:
- The use of government licensed estate agent, for at least they are bonded by State in the form of an Insurance Cover that may be claimed against in the case of proven dispute.
- Buyer may also use the so called "Contrato de Promessa de Compra e Venda" or Promissory Contract detailing the conditions of the Sale. This contract is then legalized by registering it in the Notary Office.
- This contract is legally binding on both sides and the law requires the seller to repay twice the deposit should he withdraw from the sale. Likewise, if the buyer fails to complete, he forfeits the total of his deposit. There are specific laws relating to this act that a lawyer will be able to explain.
- In having a lawyer to represent the buyer in their transaction, he or she needs a document named "Procuração Publica", prepared with the necessary details and then in the Notary Office, this document is signed and registered by the Notary.
- Every buyer is required to obtain a Fiscal Number from the local Tax Office or Finanças.
- Proceeding to act of purchase, the purchase will be subject to a Municipal payment named "IMT - Imposto Municipal sobre Transamissões" which as from the 1st of January 2003 replaces the previous tax payment named "SISA". This payment is paid in the local Tax Office nearest to the property. The amount to be paid is related in terms of percentage by "platforms" to the cost of the property being purchased. In limited cases the buyer will be exempt from paying this tax.
- When all requirements have been completed the transaction can proceed in any Notary Office. This act is known as the "Escritura de Compra e Venda" which takes place in front of the selected Notary and is recorded in his official books. The Notary will check prior to the act of sale that all the necessary documents are correct to ensure that the sale can precede according to the facts provided.
Every year all the owners of any property is required to pay the annual tax called "IMI" (formerly know as "Contribução Autarquica"). It is most important to pay these charges as the failure for doing so eventually results in the property being placed for sale on the market by the State and goes to the highest bidder.
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