Insights into what is involved in buying, selling & living in Portugal


What is it and what does it entail Conveyancing is the legal term for processing the paperwork involved in buying and selling property and transferring the deeds of ownership. In Portugal, some aspects of conveyancing, such as drawing up the deeds and witnessing the signatures, can be performed only by a public notary (notário). Read more →

Central Registration Benficial Owners

Law 89/2017 of 21 August was published on 21 August 2017. Among other measures, the new law approved the Legal Framework on the Central Register of Beneficial Owners ("CRBO") provided for in article 34 of Law 83/2017 of 18 August (New measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing). This law also transposes Chapter III of Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing ("4thDirective"). Read more →

Golden Visa

The Golden Visa Programme launched by the Portuguese Authorities in October 2012 is the best investor visa scheme in Europe. Its a fast track for citizens from non European countries and the family members to obtain a fully valid residency permit in Portugal and to travel freely in the vast majority of the countries in Europe (Schengen area). Read more →

Non-Habitual Resident

Tax regime for non-habitual residents The tax regime for non-habitual residents aims at attracting to Portugal nonresidents engaged in high value-added activities or receiving income from intellectual or industrial property rights or know-how, as well as beneficiaries of pensions obtained abroad. It is applied for a period of 10 consecutive years. Read more →

Mortgage process Portugal

How does a mortgage process in Portugal works? Find a property of your liking and establish the purchase price. Find your mortgage brokers or banks who you think toy be willing to provide the mortage They will send you a simulation and give you a break down of the cost and monthly payments. Read more →

Income tax Spain on Rental Income

Taxation of rental properties in Spain The tax implications of renting out a Spanish property Introduction There are various situations to consider: you receive rental income from a Spanish property but are not resident in Spain. For example if you buy a holiday home which you use but occasionally rent out. Read more →

Non Habitual Residence

ABOUT THE REGIME The Portuguese Non-Habitual Residency status enables those who become tax resident in Portugal, and are accepted as NHR, the opportunity to receive qualifying income tax free both in Portugal and in the country of source of the income. The NHR regime represents a major step forward in making Portugal a tax free jurisdiction for individuals in receipt of qualifying non-resident income. Read more →

Capital Gains Tax on Rental properties

Owners of holiday rental properties face Capital Gains Tax blow Two news items relating to the Alojamento Local (AL) registration system for those property owners involved in short-term lettings to tourists further have reduced the chances of anyone registering without being forced to. Owners who have their AL licence and who later remove their property from the scheme, for whatever reason, then are liable to pay capital gains tax, whether they are selling their property or not. Read more →

Register of Beneficial Owners

The Central Register of the Effective Beneficiary (RCBE) consists of a database with accurate and up-to-date information about the persons who, indirectly or through a third party, have ownership or effective control of established entities in Portugal. Subject to the RCBE are: (a) associations, cooperatives, foundations, civil and commercial companies, which conduct activities or practice a legal act or business in Portugal, and require a fiscal identification number (NIF); (b) representation of international legal persons or of foreign law carrying out an activity in Portugal. Read more →