With the referendum on whether or not the UK remains within the EU now decided, it's important that expats currently living in Spain understand the implications of the UK leaving.
With a total of 51.9% of the British public voting to leave the EU, many Brits living in Europe have now been left in a state of limbo almost overnight, with many of us uncertain about our futures.
According to official figures, there are 761,000 Brits living in Spain and some 1.3 million living in the EU. How will they be affected? 1
If you've been watching the UK news over the last few months you will have seen and heard an abundance of spin and scaremongering from both the remain and leave camps.
The Remain camp warned us of economic doom and gloom if the UK left, with the Leave camp focusing more on the effects of mass immigration into the UK and the strain on public services. But who's right? Or is it all a load of subjective political propaganda?Read more: How Will Brexit Really Affect Expats In Spain?
Finally, after three years of speculation, Andalucia has announced its new regulation of tourist accommodation in its Official Bulletin of the Andalucian Government (BOJA). The new regulations require property owners to register their holiday homes, meet a number of stringent requirements and hold a license. Inspections will be undertaken, and those who do not comply will be subject to large fines. Similar regulation was implemented in Catalonia in 2014
Under the terms of the Decree, and Law 13/2011, of Tourism in Andalucia, landlords must register their properties from the 11th of May 2016. The registry will not be operative before the 11th of May, meaning landlords have a three-month deadline in order to gather together all of their paperwork. The Junta de Andalucía has signalled its intention to hold public awareness campaigns in order to clarify the new law. The decree comes into force just as the tourism season starts and will regulate many thousands of transactions between owners and tenants.Read more: New Andalucia Property Rental Law Comes Into Force In May 2016
The regulations for driving with children in Spain are changing in October 2015. From the 1st of the month new regulations (Royal Decree 667/2015) will come into effect that will simplify the existing law while increasing the safety and protection of minors (children under the age of eighteen).
The new regulations are based on the child's height and the seat they occupy in the vehicle and aims to reduce the severity of injuries they might suffer in the event of an accident. If you intend to drive with children as your passengers in the future you should make a note of the changes and take action now so that you're ready for the changes.Read more: New Law For Those Driving With Children In Spain
It is with sadness that we learn of the death of the 6 year-old boy from Olot, Catalonia, who died at the weekend from Diphtheria. It is thought to be the first recorded case in Spain since 1987. The boy was admitted to the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona at the beginning of June after displaying symptoms of the bacterial infection.
Following the boy's initial diagnosis, screening of other children took place and identified nine other children and one adult who were also infected with the Diphtheria bacteria. Fortunately, they had all been previously vaccinated and as a result were unaffected.
It is understood that the parents made the decision of not vaccinating the boy over fears that the vaccination itself would cause serious side-effects.
The Spanish Ministry of Health originally sought assistance from the World Health Organization and U.S authorities in their search of a vaccine. Eventually, the anti-toxin vaccine was located in Russia and flown to Spain.Read more: 6 Year-Old Boy Dies Of Diphtheria After Parents Refuse Vaccination