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Neighbours get first dibs on sales

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Our neighbours are selling their house/land. I checked with a local friend on Portuguese law as was expecting that I would receive a letter giving me the option to buy at any offer made. A little of our discussion I fear was lost in translation, but he said that that law didn’t count with an urban article (only with rustic) and both mine and the neighbours is apparently urban so doesn’t count. But?…. Both my property and the neighbours compromises both articles as contain both house and some acres of land survey ??!? Any guidance on this would be appreciated as would want to lose this opportunity but currently it is massively over priced so don’t think I can put an offer in even if I wanted to… I hope that all makes sense

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It's not possible to give a definitive answer - you'd need to get specific legal advice on the titles in question.  The right of preference fundamentally relates to rustic titles, and urban/mixed titles don't always have the same eligibility.

Simplistically, one might say "urban and mixed titles probably generally aren't eligible", but in reality, there are a set of advisories from court cases which may or may not apply, hence needing specific legal advice to see which, if any, may give you a case.

Please speak to a lawyer, who can access and assess both your and the neighbours' titles to provide clarity in this specific case.  Another's experience with different properties may be entirely irrelevant to your situation.

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@thomasribatejo many thanks as always for your helpful responses. Your experience is really appreciated.


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