Yesterday, once again I have had to explain to a real estate agent that having a cedula does not imply legality.
It is frustrating to see that the sellers do not understand or do not want to understand. Every week I have the same discussion with someone.
The Cédula de habitabilidad in Mallorca (or anywhere else) is a document that proves that the property complies with health and safety regulations. But it does not regulate urban planning parameters.
Why do the sellers imply that Cedula in Mallorca does imply legality ?
Some of them by ignorance some other because they know the property it’s illegal and they want to sell it fast.
The only way to prove the legality of a construction in rustic land it’s getting the original license and plans and comparing them with the building. This it’s difficult and sometimes impossible.
On the other side, getting a cédula de habitabilidad in Mallorca to try to prove legality is very easy. That is why sellers and some agents constantly repeat as if it were a mantra that if it has a cédula, it is legal and it is not true.
The only thing that is true is that a newly built house, if it is not legal, does not have a cédula de habitabilidad.
But it is possible to build a house with a licence, get the cédula and the next day carry out works that make it illegal.
On the other hand an old house can have a cédula even if it is 100% illegal, because as we have indicated, the Cedula de habitabilidad in Mallorca is not the same as legality.
Every day someone buys an illegal property in the Balearic Islands. I hope it is not you.
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