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General Discussion / Re: Retirement in Los Gigantes
« Last post by unhappy on May 02, 2021 »
Further to all the advice & comments already voiced, I know that complexes can be Tourist or Residential but don't forget even in a Residential complex an owner can apply for a AA licence to rent.

One suggestion, if I was going to purchase another property to stay 6 months of the year in, I would request to the owner if we areee a purchase price that I rent the property first for an agreed period, you can then check if it is suitable or not, or any problems that may arise.

The owner or agent might not like this idea, but you are the person with the cash.
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General Discussion / Re: Electric Scooter
« Last post by Tanemera on May 01, 2021 »
With regard to insurance on e-bikes and e-scooters in the UK, you need to check your household insurance to check that you are covered for 3rd party claims and also, less importantly, theft from home or away.  Same would presumably apply in Tenerife.
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General Discussion / Re: Electric Scooter
« Last post by Davymar on May 01, 2021 »
Outside of specific trial areas, the only place an e-scooter can be used legally is on private land. This would need to be with consent of the land owner, and not somewhere open to the public.
You cannot ride one on the pavement or on the road!
This is the uk, of course the police completely ignore scooters and cycles on the pavement (illegally) it is far easier to nail motorists. :)
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General Discussion / Re: Electric Scooter
« Last post by Tanemera on May 01, 2021 »
Although it's not a guarantee, if they sell them in Tenerife I assume they are legal to use in Tenerife. Having said that, the current law in the UK is crazy -  you can buy one but you can't use it in public, but you can rent one from an authorised dealer and ride on the pavements and roads (excluding motorways). Anyway, I think they are definitely anti-social if used on pavements and lethal if used on roads. 

I have an electric bike in the UK which is probably a lot safer than a scooter.  It has 20" wheels, a step-through frame and can be folded up.  I think of it as the last stage before a mobility scooter!  Maybe a safer solution for you in Tenerife and definitely legal.
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General Discussion / Electric Scooter
« Last post by pilgrim on May 01, 2021 »
Thinking as we get older and LG gets busier (it will bounce back come summer). Might be an idea to use an electric scooter to go down into the village. We are on one of the high roads close to Royal Sun and find we are popping down 3 or 4 times a day sometimes. From getting morning paper to lunch or bank etc..
Are they street legal, and would I need insurance or are they thought of as being similar to a push bike.
Wondered if anyone knew!
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General Discussion / Re: Retirement in Los Gigantes
« Last post by pilgrim on May 01, 2021 »
Another thing to consider, which you may only find after you have bought is major repairs needed.
There have been quite a few blocks affected by what is called concrete cancer. This is where the steel reinforcement is rusting in the building support or walls. When the steel rusts, it puts great pressure outwards and into the concrete it is surrounded in. Forcing the concrete to crack and break up. I know of 3 blocks where this has happened, and I am sure not an expert on the village at all. And the bills run into 1000's for the apartment owners.
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General Discussion / Re: Retirement in Los Gigantes
« Last post by AWOL on May 01, 2021 »
Further to UNHAPPY

"Other things to consider is any extra charges, if an apartment community fees in some complexes this can be very expensive, also look at any community restrictions or laws."

Complexes are generally either classed as Tourist or Residential so be mindful of that. Look into how well the complex is run (ask an existing owner before buying). Is there money in the bank for repairs etc. Are all owners paying their dues on time. One hears of badly run complexes which can be a nightmare to own in.

Ours is very well run with good owners.

Don't be blinded by the sun!!! 

Great place to go in the Winter.

AWOL
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General Discussion / Re: Retirement in Los Gigantes
« Last post by unhappy on April 30, 2021 »
According to the EU & Brexit agreement if you have lived in a EU country for 5 years you are fully entitled to all EU benefits, so I would have thought living in Holland & a EU resident you should be able to purchase a property unless Spain has any restrictions concerning Holland.

As for buying a property you would be doing the right thing renting first, try and rent near to your prefered purchase area.

Buying & selling, having purchased & sold 2 properties it is like any other country, location location will sell, but from the words of an estate agent over there many owners think their properties are worth a lot more than they are, hence many have been for sale for years, and with the pandemic & Brits now selling because of the EU restrictions the estate agents have many more properties for sale than for many years.

Other things to consider is any extra charges, if an apartment community fees in some complexes this can be very expensive, also look at any community restrictions or laws.

Hope this helps.
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General Discussion / Re: Retirement in Los Gigantes
« Last post by Tanemera on April 30, 2021 »
Pilgrim has got it right.  If you are going to rent you have no risk and you will find out for yourself if it suits you. Tenerife is, in my opinion, the perfect winter location and we have been going every year since 1984, renting until 2002 when we bought our property in Los Gigantes.  No regrets and hopefully the 90 in 180 days will be upgraded to 180 in 360 eventually.

Expect to pay 500 to 700 a month for a nice 2-bedroom apartment.  Search on Google for "property to rent Los Gigantes" for suggestions.  Ease of selling depends on the property and the market is usually good for sellers.  You could get advice on this from Paul Ruane or Delmar estate agents when you are there.
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General Discussion / Re: Retirement in Los Gigantes
« Last post by pilgrim on April 29, 2021 »
Well! you have been to LG, you like it enough to consider buying a retirement home. My advice, just do it, and cross any bridges later as they come about. You will not be disappointed! 
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