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Illegal Swimming Pool

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(@finloral)
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Hi Everyone

We've hit a hitch in our purchase as we have discovered that our dream house has no construction or utilisation licence for its pool.
Nor is there a licence for the borehole.
Does anyone know how easy it is to get these licences and how we would go about it?
Or shoiuld we start looking for another house?????
Thanks
Ali and Lorraine

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hi, im in the process of buying a property at the moment which threw up the issue of unlicenced pool, my solicitor has applied on my behalf for the licence and doesnt seem to think there will be a problem getting one but as for time to get it , how longs a piece of string seems to be the best answer to that one :? , quoted at first 4-5 weeks, now at least 9-10 weeks later still no news and no further to a completion date either :(

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 any updates? I'm in the same position I really like a property that has a beautiful high-end albeit unlicensed pool and spa in pharaoh district. Did your lawyer have any luck getting yours licensed? What was the cost involved if so. Thank you

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Sorry, but usually around these parts it takes about 9 months to a year to get a pool licence to build one. It did for my family and my neighbours. Maybe, Gary your lawyer is "in the know" ....no idea. :? Our borehole renewal licence also took 6 months recently.

Personally, I'd keep looking, Finloral. If in the meantime, the owners want to sort it and you are still looking by the time they've got all the paperwork sorted, then you could think again.

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my situation i think is different in that the pool is already built , has been for over twenty to thirty years i think but obviously back then getting permission might have been secondary, to be able to continue with purchase i presume it has to be registered on any plans etc, is this correct bruxy, in which case i presume that this is a quicker process than gaining permission to build new , which in some areas seems now to be almost impossible to get, any apologies if i read the original post incorrectly :?

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Have the same owners lived there all that time? That is quite a long time. Of course, laws change and things may be different over the years, but basically a pool has to appear on the certidão at the Conservatória do Registo Predial and on the cadernetas at Finanças, as it will also affect the IMI rateable value etc..oh, and any maps, of course. The problem in Portugal is that often people have a tendency to say timescales, which in the end bear no relation to reality. The best thing though, Gary is to keep on the backs of people. I hate having to do that, but unfortunately found it to be necessary, so keep chasing, so they get fed up with you. I can only say what I have found to be true these days. A pool needs to have both a construction and utilization licence from the Câmara Municipal and from scratch sure takes a long time. Just picked up some mail for some friends. They have an illegal pool and one of their letters was an advice about the impending meeting concerning their fine. On the letter it states that the fine will be between €498.80 and €199.519.16 for individuals or up to €448.918.11 for companies. Quite a range!

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