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Advice/guidance for newcomers

Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2020 3:17pm
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Philrj65

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Hi - we arrived in Arcos earlier this week and are staying in a rented apartment. I need to sort out health insurance, padron, bank account, residencia etc but have limited time as I'm also working remotely full-time. Can anyone point me towards someone who could help guide me through the process? Preferably English-speaking but just Spanish-speaking would be OK. Not looking for a freebie, more a paid fixer!

Many thanks for any tips.

Phil

Laura F

Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2020 6:53pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2020 6:53pm

Hi Phil I'm using a company Torreveja guy called David Ruiz, would cost you but there is a lot you need to do and little time. You need to make an appointment with the town hall to register on the Padron. You also need a Spanish Bank account and a contract for the rental, probably key things. I've been here about a month and only just about have things in place. A lot of people will tell you alsorts best to get info from someone who really knows. Good luck. 

KippyElsemore

Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2020 9:24pm

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Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2020 9:24pm

Hi Phil. Post this question on our WhatsApp group in Arcos. I am sure someone can help you. 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/C0ZfbEo6NDVFIDUKPAHCQE


Philrj65

Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 9:10am

Philrj65

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Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 9:10am

Laura F wrote on Sun Nov 8, 2020 6:53pm:

Hi Phil I'm using a company Torreveja guy called David Ruiz, would cost you but there is a lot you need to do and little time. You need to make an appointment with the town hall to register on the Padron. You also need a Spanish Bank account and a contract for the rental, probably key things. I'v...

...e been here about a month and only just about have things in place. A lot of people will tell you alsorts best to get info from someone who really knows. Good luck. 

Thanks, Laura.

I've come across David but worried he might be too far away to give practical help.

Phil

Philrj65

Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 9:12am

Philrj65

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Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 9:12am

KippyElsemore wrote on Sun Nov 8, 2020 9:24pm:

Hi Phil. Post this question on our WhatsApp group in Arcos. I am sure someone can help you. 

https://chat.whatsapp.com/C0ZfbEo6NDVFIDUKPAHCQE


Thanks, Kippy

Phil

Laura F

Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 10:21am

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Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 10:21am

Philrj65 wrote on Mon Nov 9, 2020 9:10am:

Thanks, Laura.

I've come across David but worried he might be too far away to give practical help.

Phil

Hi Phil doesn't seem to matter where you are I started liaising with him in the UK am now in El Palmar, you only have to send paperwork electronically, rather than helping you he is doing it for you. The registration would be in the area you live in and he would provide an interpreter to go with you. But maybe you'll find a local person to help you through this. 

I suggest David because it feels like he knows what he's doing and you don't have much time, it took me 3 weeks to get an appointment on the Padron. If you don't have a Spanish bank account and an NIE number Banco Sabadell will open an account for you using you UK NI number. He will translate all your documents and basically make the application for you. I know that once I'd employed his services I felt much more confident. Anyway I'm not on commission lol. 

Philrj65

Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 11:12am

Philrj65

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Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 11:12am

Laura F wrote on Mon Nov 9, 2020 10:21am:

Hi Phil doesn't seem to matter where you are I started liaising with him in the UK am now in El Palmar, you only have to send paperwork electronically, rather than helping you he is doing it for you. The registration would be in the area you live in and he would provide an interpreter to go with ...

...you. But maybe you'll find a local person to help you through this. 

I suggest David because it feels like he knows what he's doing and you don't have much time, it took me 3 weeks to get an appointment on the Padron. If you don't have a Spanish bank account and an NIE number Banco Sabadell will open an account for you using you UK NI number. He will translate all your documents and basically make the application for you. I know that once I'd employed his services I felt much more confident. Anyway I'm not on commission lol. 

Thanks, Laura. That's reassuring to know. Phil

Julia3

Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 1:05pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 1:05pm

Im just wondering what it is like living in Arcos de La Frontera all year round. Is it cold in the winter? Is it difficult to get around without a car? How can you ensure a property is not illegal? 

KippyElsemore

Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 2:09pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 2:09pm

Julia3 wrote on Mon Nov 9, 2020 1:05pm:

Im just wondering what it is like living in Arcos de La Frontera all year round. Is it cold in the winter? Is it difficult to get around without a car? How can you ensure a property is not illegal? 

Hi Julia. It gets wet in the winter and because houses here have little insulation, inside can get dampened cold. Our temps usually don’t fall below 40 during the winter. There isn’t a week where you cannot get outside for a walk and Arcos has a lot of walking paths. There are many illegal houses here, in fact, we live in one. But it’s best to make sure they are legal. Land records can tell you and there are plenty of folks here who can help you make sure of it.  As far as getting around without a car, I will depend on where you live. In the old town most don’t have cars and rent them when they need them or use the bus. 

Julia3

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:59pm

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Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:59pm

Thank you. I'm hoping to make a trip asap. Depends on what travel restrictions are in place. I'm considering Arcos de la Frontera, Jerez or Chiclana. I have been to Jerez, Cadiz and Seville. 

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