You will find 100´s of abandoned properties and ruins for sale all around Spain, ready for reforming. This is not for the faint hearted however, because restoring an old Spanish ruin although rewarding, can be a mind field.
Rule of thumb on reforming old Spanish ruins, is that the ruin must be habitable. Meaning it needs to have a roof and that the main walls are still standing. If this is the case, then you can apply for planning permission to restore the building. Always check with a lawyer that specialises in the purchasing of properties on rustic land to assist you in the purchase.
You can apply for a building license at the Urban-planning department of the local town hall. You will need to present a plan drawn up by your chosen architect, that shows the proposed build.
A Proyecto de Auctuacion will also need to be submitted and approved by the local government. This is a project for the proposed build and an explanation of your intentions and justification of the building work to be completed. As you can see, the process is involved and can be lengthy. In some cases it can take up to a year or more for the plans to be passed – if passed at all.
· Materials to comply with local planning laws – There may be strict rules as to what materials you can use on the building. You may only be able to use local materials to be in keeping with other surrounding buildings.
· Specialist builder – For reform works on old Spanish ruins it is advisable to instruct a specialised builder for the job. Prices will vary, so always shop around and obtain more than one quote.
· Architect - Standard charges are around 10 – 13% of the cost of works (precio Ejecucion material)
The Spanish towns with the cheapest ruins are Pinoso, Salinas and Jumilla.
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Updated 24th Feb 2023