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What do community fees cover? Buying a property in Spain that benefits from shared communal areas such as swimming pools, gardens, entrances, garages, etc. will be subject to community fees.

These fees are usually split into four payments a year. The amount payable is divided amongst all properties within the community. The larger the property/plot, the higher the fee. Each property owns a percentage of the community. This percentage will be shown in your Title Deeds, (Escritura de Compraventa). Smaller communities usually incur higher charges as there are fewer homes to split the fees with. An average community charge is approximately €400 a year.

Rules and fees of individual communities can vary. Some will include exterior painting of the properties in their fees whereas others will set up a separate painting fund as and when needed.

Not all properties are built within a “community”. Do not confuse this payment with the Suma bill (Council Tax).

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