To accomplish the purchase of your house, you must present some documents that identify the property and confirm the legitimacy of the owner and the buyer:
- Land Registry Certificate (or Title Search )
- Legal Description
- Usage Permit
- Home licensing
Through information provided by the land registry, you can find out what the structure of a building, the legitimacy of the seller of the property and what kind of charges can be applicable on it (mortgages, seizures, etc.).
- Face-to-face, in any Land Registry Office (see the list), an entity that has the full descriptions of properties;
- The site “Predial Online” it is possible to require a permanent certificate of the land register and the simplified land information.
This document can be requested at any Financial Service and there obtain information about the property tax situation, as well as ascertain the responsible entity for the compliance with fiscal obligations to it related.
In the “Portal of Finance”, owners can obtain the land book of its properties, instead of Legal Description, can be requested the Title Search certificate of the cadastral register (valid for only one year).
The Usage Permit aims to certify for what use is the property for and that it is fit for the respective purpose. This permit must be requested in the City Council of the county where the property is located.
In the act of purchase and sale it may, however, show just one proof of license issuing request if it has not been issued yet.
Home licensing is a document describing the main technical and functional characteristics of the property. This must be directly requested in the City Council of the county where the property is located.
The acquisition of an immovable property in Portugal, because it is subject to the tax payment, forces the registration within the Tax Administration to obtain the respective Tax Number.
Residents abroad as well as those who, although residing in national territory, are away for more than six months, should, for tax purposes, choose a representative resident in Portugal.
If is a resident or if is away to a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area, the name of this representative is optional.
The tax residence is the usual residence, or, in the case of citizens living abroad, the tax residence has to correspond to the one of the tax representative.