The acquisition of property in Portugal, because it is subject to the payment oftaxes, requires that you register with the Tax Authorities to obtain the corresponding taxpayer identification number;
Residents abroad, as well as those who, although resident in Portuguese territory, leave for more than six months,should appoint a representative residing in Portuguese territoryfor tax purposes.
If you are a resident or if you are leaving for a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area, the designation of this representative is merely optional.
The place of residence for tax purposes is the place of habitual residence or, in the case of citizens residente abroad, the place of residence for tax purposes corresponds to that of the tax representative.
In order to finalise the purchase of your house, you must submit various documents that identify the property and that confirm the legitimacy of the owner and the buyer:
1. Land Registry Certificate(Certidão do Registo Predial)
The information made available by the land registry tells you about the composition of a certain building, the legitimacy of the person intending to sell the property and the types of encumbrance that may affect it (mortgages, collateral, etc).
The land registry certificate may be requested in the following ways, in hard copy or in digital format:
In person, at any land registry office (Conservatória do Registo Predial) . This entity holds full descriptions of properties;
It is possible to request a permanent land record certificate and simplified land information through the Predial Online website.
2. Title Certificate (Caderneta Predial)
This document maybe requested from any tax office. It contains information about the property's tax situation and can be used to find out which entity is responsible for meeting fiscal obligations related tothe property.
Property ownerscan get the title certificates for their properties from the taxauthority website;
A title search ofan article in the land registry may be requested instead of atitle certificate (this is only valid for one year);
3. Usage Licence (Licença de Utilização)
The purpose of the Usage Licence is to certify the intended use of the property, and that it is suitable for its licensed purpose. This licence must be requested from the City Council of the district where the propertyis located. However, proof of the licence request may be submittedalong with the purchase agreement if the licence is yet to beissued.
4. Housing Technical Datasheet(Ficha Técnica de Habitação)
The Housing Technical Datasheet is a documentthat describes the main technical and functional characteristicsof a property. It must be requested directly from the City Councilof the district where the property is located.
5. Energy Certificate (CertificadoEnergético)
This must be submitted by the property owner along with the purchase agreement.
6. Proof of prior payment of the Municipal Tax on Property Transactions involving valuable consideration
7. Photocopies of the ID cards (or equivalent identity document) and of the taxpayer cards of the contracting parties
8. Exhibition of a power of attorney if any party is represented by a proxy
FIND OUT NOW WHERE AND HOW YOU CAN BUY OR SELL A PROPERTY:
Through real estate mediation companies, lawyers, chambers of commerce and industry or solicitors
At any notary office - By entering into a public document, which is the nobligatorily sent for registration at a Land Registry Office.
At a Casa ProntaService Desk - "Casa Pronta” is a one-stop service desk where you can carry out all operations relating to purchasing and selling property. At this desk it is possible to pay taxes, enter into the respective contracts, immediately make any registrations, request exemptions from the payment of municipal property taxes and request a change to tax domicile, etc. You can find an up-to-date list of land registry offices and services where the "Casa Pronta" service desk is available onthe website.
Property purchases are concluded with a registration entry in the Land Registry Office. A certificate to prove ownership of the property is issued along with this registration entry.