The Benefits of Working with Italian Real Estate Lawyers

If you are moving to Italy, for any reason, including work, retirement or marriage and you are planning to buy a property, it is advised that you instruct Italian real estate lawyers to advise you. Moving from one country to another has the potential for complications to arise. Guidance on how to manage common issues when moving to Italy can help you avoid a legal dispute. Our experienced team of UK-based Italian lawyers can provide all the legal advice you require.

In this guide, we will explore the various factors you need to consider when choosing residential real estate in Italy and how the benefits of working with English-speaking Italian real estate lawyers based in the UK will considerably limit the potential for problems to arise.

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Choosing Real Estate in Italy

Italy is an excellent place to buy and invest in property, with plenty of enticing incentives for house hunters. Italy is world-renowned for its delicious food and gorgeous scenery, making it an idyllic place to live. The weather is mostly warm and sunny, and Italy is also known for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

If you are planning to invest in property overseas and not actually live there, there are various reasons for choosing Italy. Italy has a stable economy and is a part of the EU and the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The growing property market has affordable prices and a first-rate standard of living.

You can find out more about living in Italy and gaining Italian citizenship here.

Beautiful Italian city

Why it is Advisable to Instruct an Italian Lawyer when Buying Real Estate?

When buying property in Italy, whilst the process is not excessively complicated there are differences between property purchase in the UK and Italy; there may be certain restrictions and regulations that you aren’t aware of. Therefore, acquiring expert legal advice is highly recommended.

One of the most common issues that can occur when buying Italian real estate is the language barrier. Although many Italian professionals do speak English, it shouldn’t be assumed. Language misunderstandings can result in legal issues concerning the contract. Consulting an English-speaking Italian lawyer experienced in property law can help you avoid adverse legal issues.

Even if you are fluent in Italian, contractual disputes can still arise when buying property. Also, if you are still living in the UK whilst arranging to buy your property in Italy, Italian real estate lawyers based in the UK can help with all aspects of buying Italian property, consulting with you regularly to ensure complete clarity. You can contact our experienced Italian real estate team to find out more.

Do I need a Lawyer to purchase Italian Real Estate?

If you are investing in the Italian economy through real estate, there are various legal disputes that can occur. Legal representation can remedy a dispute effectively as well as preventing them from occurring in the first place.

Real estate lawyers can help to ensure that the property is sound and there are no breaches to planning permission. If you decide to sell the property in the future, disclosure forms can be drafted to demonstrate that all relevant issues were disclosed prior to your purchase. One of the most common legal issues that property investors can find themselves involved with when they sell a property is misrepresentation; airtight disclosure documents remove this issue.

When selling your investment property your lawyer will help you avoid discriminating against a particular group of people. For example, by not advertising the property as being “suitable for families without children,” seeking Italian legal advice will prevent inadvertent discrimination. It is imperative to meet the designated deadlines in the purchase process. Italian property investors may be sued for breach of contract or duty, fraud and even negligence if they fail to meet a deadline. Real estate lawyers can avoid such legal disputes from happening.

Italian balcony in the sun

What are the Benefits of Working with Italian Real Estate Lawyers?

As legal experts who understand Italian property law and the Italian language, working with Italian real estate lawyers can help make the process of buying and investing in property overseas much smoother. They can help you negotiate with estate agents and potential buyers, translating important documents and communicating with you so you aren’t left in the dark.

Why Should I choose a UK-based Italian Law Firm?

When dealing with Italian real estate, it may be tempting to choose a law firm based in Italy under the impression that such a firm will have greater knowledge of the language and the legal processes. However, if you are based in the UK, it is more practical to seek help from Italian real estate lawyers based in the UK. Communication will be much quicker, and you can arrange consultations in your time zone and access will be far easier.

Giambrone and Partners Italian real estate lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with all aspects of Italian property law. To learn more, or to book a consultation, contact us today.

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