Telephone Availability in Spain
If it is essential for your Spanish property to be connected to the Telefonica telephone system, the following factors should be given prominence in your requirement specification to both your Estate Agent and your Solicitor.This may sound silly if you come from the UK or a similar country where a telephone installation is taken for granted. Not so in Spain. When the estate agent or property consultant shows you the perfect house/apartment in what you feel is the perfect location, he will usually point out that TV and telephone sockets are installed throughout the rooms.
Virtually all developers/housebuilders install all the standard amenities, it appears that all is perfect - you could move right in. Even if you query telephone connection, many will point to the fittings and say you have only to make an application to Telefonica. Don't trust it. It can take two years or more to have a telephone connection installed. It depends upon the location of the property and the type of developer. Many developers/agents seem interested in quick sales with little concern for after sales problems. Even if they point out to you that other houses in the locality are connected, the exchange may be overloaded and unable to take on new subscribers. Problems can be more complex.
The worst offenders are developers of new or expanding estates. Price is not necessarily the criterion. One development I know of has properties from £1.000.000, some above £2M , not one resident has a land line phone and they have been trying for over two years. Indications of whether or not a phone line may be available are:
Even this is no guarantee.
All of these problems are factual and to my knowledge there are many sites with these problems in Southern Spain.
The residents of one site fairly close to me have been told that there is no likelihood of obtaining a land line telephone within the foreseeable future, despite their protestations to both National/Local Government and every other governing body.
For those already trapped into areas with such difficulties, the only answer is a Radio Telephone which can overcome some of these problems but check for dead radiophone receiving areas before ordering.
Please note, British telephone connectors or electrical plugs do not fit continental sockets. (Telephone adapters should have a ring circuit) Also some Lap Top computers have problems connecting to Radiophones. Check everything before the engineer leaves. Do not sign his delivery docket if all is not proved to be working 100% not even if he promises to return manana.
If you have been considering moving to any area within the Valencia Region, don't give up. We live here and both the province and the people are delightful. I'd not live anywhere else. Just be very careful, your legal adviser should check all the legal points but many of the queries I outline are not legal points, they are common sense items you should query yourself.
Before considering a property, please read about the other property purchase problems which may affect the enjoyment of your new home. They may also have serious financial implications and I would urge you to seek appropriate professional advice and assurance before proceeding with a purchase.