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2. The citizens

Both a non-resident property owner, paying local and state taxes, as well as someone renting accommodation for long term, may consider themselves citizens. Anyone staying most of the year in Spain, may take out a residence permit (tarjeta de residencia) with the Ministry of Interior, and become legal residents.

Very important is the registration on the "padron municipal", that takes place in the town hall (ayuntamiento). You can enter the padron if you are living in the municipality all your time or part of it, as a property owner (bring with you the escritura) or as a tenant (take along the letting contract). You do not need to be a legal resident to be registered on the padron. Call on FIPE if a town hall says different.

The registration on the padron is important for the town hall and for you. The municipality gets certain grants and services from the government in relation to number of inhabitants registered. If the local post office cannot cope with the amount of mail they are handling, it may very well be because so many of the foreign owners, sending or receiving letters and packages, have not registered on the padron! You must also be on the padron to be included in the voters list for the Municipal as well as the European elections.

We foreigners are not only guests in Spain. If we are paying taxes and staying here for longer periods we are also citizens, and in accordance with the principles of the 'European Citizenship' proclaimed by the European Union, we must participate and integrate.

 

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