The certificate of occupancy: a term that resonates when selling a property. Its importance lies in certifying the habitability of a home, this certificate validates that a property meets the minimum standards to be inhabited with health, hygiene and safety conditions, but getting this document is a process full of questions and procedures.
We break down each step necessary to obtain the coveted cédula de habitabilidad and thus ensure a successful real estate transaction.
What is the Cédula de Habitabilidad?
The certificate of occupancy is an official endorsement that certifies that a dwelling meets the minimum requirements to be inhabited. Regardless of its name, whether certificate or certificate, it is the same, its purpose is to ensure that the space offers basic conditions of habitability. It is usually valid for 15 years and conforms to regional regulations that establish the minimum standards for a dwelling.
Types of Certificates according to the Age of the Dwelling
- First occupancy: issued for newly constructed homes.
- Second occupancy: corresponding to existing properties, second hand properties.
- First occupation of rehabilitation: applicable to dwellings subject to integral rehabilitation.
How to obtain it?
Obtaining a certificate of occupancy involves a rigorous and specific process that requires the intervention of a qualified architect. This professional, either a senior architect or a registered technician, performs an exhaustive evaluation of the property, verifying its compliance with the requirements established by the City Council, since in the Canary Islands, the competence of this certificate is of each City Council.
The first step is the issuance of a certificate of habitability, a detailed report on the conditions of the house, which is essential and must be endorsed by the respective professional association for the municipality to be able to grant it. This whole procedure, from the request to the technician to the final approval by the municipality, can take up to three months.
Requirements for acquiring the certificate of occupancy
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