Recently there has been a huge uproar regarding Habitation Certificates (Cedulas de Habitabilidad), or also known as Occupation License (Licencia de ocupacción)
By law, it is the vendor´s responsibility to provide a valid Habitation Certificate. Most certificates are valid for 5 years, depending on the town.
The first step is to arrange for an architect to visit the property to collect the information and measurements. This certificate will have to be submitted to the Town Hall along with copy of your ID, utility bills, SUMA and a copy of the deeds.
Once the documentation has been checked and approved they will stamp the application form, now known as “Declaracion Responsible” which is valid as an actual certificate.
There are a lot of aspects that the Town hall take in to consideration and obtaining this certificate is not always as easy as it seems. The authorities have become very strict.
If you are planning to sell your house please make sure paperwork is being taken care of to avoid delays on completion.
When you are buying a new build property the certificate that you will receive from the builder should be valid for 10 years instead of 5 years.