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Documents Needed to Purchase a Property in Portugal

Whether you plan to move to Portugal permanently or just purchase a holiday home, there is a process that must be taken seriously. Of course, the picture includes paperwork.

As in all countries all over the globe, buying a real estate property in Portugal necessitates a number of documents. These papers mainly serve to identify the property and confirm the legitimacy of the owner and the buyer.

the following is a list of documents you must submit to authorities when you purchase a property in Portugal:
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1. Land Registry Certificate
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The land registry provides information that tells you about a certain building’s composition, the legitimacy of the person who wants to sell the property, and the encumbrances that may affect it, such as collateral, mortgages, etc. Below are the different ways a land registry certificate (hard copy or digital) can may be requested:

> Personally at any land registry office

This is where you will find complete descriptions of properties. A permanent land record certificate and simplified land information may be obtained from this office.

2. Title Certificate

This document is available at 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 certifies the intended use of the property, and that it is suitable for the same. Providing this license is the City Council of the district where the property being sold is located. Proof of the license request may be submitted, however, together with the purchase agreement if the license is still being processed.

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. Evidence of Payment of Prior Municipal Tax on Property Transactions Payment Involving Weighty Consideration

7. Photocopied Ids and Taxpayer Cards of Both Buyer and Seller

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

Sometimes, the so-called legal pre-emption right applies to the property being sold, as exercised by the City Council or by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage, when such property is classified, pending classification or located in a protected zone.

In this scenario, it is important that proof is provided that the City Council or the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage has put aside their legal pre-emption right.