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Sandra Carito

Registered European Lawyer

Our legal advice is provided by Sandra Carioto, who is endorsed by the Consulate General as their official lawyer. In addition to executing certain notarial acts within the scope of powers granted to Portuguese lawyers, Sandra offers pro bono advice to those within the Portuguese community needing urgent assistance.

We can arrange for Sandra to assist in providing professional advice to help you identify the best solutions, ensuring that these meet Government requirements.

The Legalities of Buying Property in Portugal

The Legalities of Buying Property in Portugal

As with buying a property in any foreign country, it is extremely important that you obtain the services a reputable lawyer and notary who should check that:

  • The property has title deeds and that the vendor is the owner
  • There are no outstanding charges on the property
  • The property has all required planning permissions and other necessary licences
  • The contract terms are fair and reasonable

In Portugal, you will usually be required to sign a promissory contract and pay a non-refundable deposit when you intend to buy a property. If the sale does not go ahead due to the vendor withdrawing, you may be entitled to compensation from the vendor. For purchases of new developments under construction (off-plan), it is normal to pay the purchase price in stages. When the deposit has been paid, the lawyer will run the required checks. Buying a new build should protect against purchasing properties without title deeds or from sellers who are not the legal owner.

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