The legal regulations are very specific when buying a
property in Portugal but it is always advisable to use
a qualified legal advice in any property transaction.
It is also important to insure that any plans in the
Town Hall referring specifically to the property do
physically agree with the existing construction. A
property for living purposes must also have the
a. A Habitation License for property constructed after 1951
b. A Certified insertion in the records of the Land Conservatory
c. A detailed "Caderneta Urbana" from the Tax Office
d. A "Certificado Energético" detailing
the energy factors
Commercial and Industrial properties require both
Points b. and c.
In the case of a rural property the following extra
document is necessary which is a detailed and an
up-to-date description of the property as is named
"Caderneta Rustica". This document
is issued by the local Tax Office.
Each Town Hall and Tax Office tend to have their own
local interpretation of the laws and regulations and
these should be first carefully checked prior to an
intended purchase. It is always advisable to make
legal and other specific searches prior to acquiring
a rural or urban property.
The normal practice is for the seller of a property
to pay a commission to an Estate Agent but as this is
not a controlled percentage and it can vary from area