As I wrote before winter time is for us a period in which we – amongst many other things – try to tick some boxes on our eternal To Do List. One of the oldest subjects on the list the discrepancy that exists in two different registers, the Catastro and the Registro, regarding the amount of land that we own.
The Catastro is a system set up within Spain to deal with the ownership, description and boundaries of all property in the country. Mainly, in the Catastro the information recorded about the property is where is located in the maps, which is the size of the construction, which are the boundaries and the coordinates, etcetera.
The other system which we have to deal with is the so called Registro de la Propiedad which concentrates on the legal ownership of a Spanish property and whether there are any charges on the property (be that a neighbour dispute, a mortgage or a right of way). So the main difference between for example the English and Dutch Land Registry system is pretty obvious immediately – there are two separate arms in Spain (which are not linked to any helpful level) so the information on one hand may be correct but the other isn’t.
In theory both, the Catastro and the Registro, should be joined and connected and the information contained in one should be the same as contained in the other. In fact, the Spanish system is doing big efforts to connect both organisms, and it is already done in urban areas like cities, or big urbanizations. The problem usually comes from rustic and country areas in which is very difficult to “coordinate” the information recorded in both cases.
When digging into it this week we suddenly found that, according to the Catastro, we seem to own a piece of land which we believed to belong to a neighbour. And as it not big and has only a dozen olive trees on it we don’t want to make a big deal out of it, may be to register it correctly costs more than value of the plot. However we want to clarify it, have the box ticked and see what happens next. In the same time I realise that I start smiling more and more about these Andalusian situations.
Probably to be continued…..