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Documents Required When Buying a Property in Portugal

Buying a property in Portugal is exciting, but no matter if you’re thinking of a holiday home or a permanent abode, you need to take each stage of the process seriously. Of course, paperwork will be part of the picture.

As in all countries all over the globe, buying a real estate property in Portugal necessitates a number of documents. Such papers are mainly intended to identify the property as well as confirm the legitimacy of both the buyer and the buyer.

Below is a list of documents you need to submit to authorities when you buy a property in Portugal:
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1. Land Registry Certificate
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The land registry can give information on the composition of a specific building, the legitimacy of the selling party, and the encumbrances – collateral, mortgages, etc. that may affect it. The following are the ways a land registry certificate request (soft or hard copy) may be made:

> In person, at any land registry office

This entity has comprehensive descriptions of properties. Requests for a permanent land record certificate as well as simplified land information can be made at this office.

2. Title Certificate

This document can be provided by any tax office. It has information regarding the property’s tax situation and can identify the entity that must meet fiscal obligations in relation to the property. Title certifications can be obtained by property owners from the tax authority website. For 12 months, a title search of an article in the land registry may be requested instead of a title certificate.

3. Usage License

The Usage License is meant to certify the intended use of the property, and that it is suitable or appropriate for such. This license should be requested from the City Council of the district in which the property is found. However, it is possible to submit only proof of the license request, along with the purchase agreement, if the license has not been issued yet.

4. Housing Technical Datasheet

The Housing Technical Datasheet contains the essential technical and functional characteristics of a certain property. Again, the City Council of the district where the property is found, provides this document.

5. Energy Certificate

Together with the purchase agreement, this certificate must be submitted by the owner of the property.

6. Proof of Previous Municipal Tax on Property Transactions Payment Involving Substantial Consideration

7. Photocopies of the ID and Taxpayer Cards of Buyer and Seller

8. Power of Attorney (for any party who is represented by a proxy)

When the property for sale is classified, pending classification or found in a protected area the so-called legal pre-emption right may apply as exercised by the City Council or the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage. If that is the case, there must be proof from the City Council or the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage that they have waived their legal pre-emption right.