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European Union Commission on the IRPH clause in Mortgage Loans

The European Commission, in its observations to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has positioned itself in favour of people affected by the mortgage index, IRPH, which directly opposes the judgment of the Supreme Court on the IRPH index in Spanish mortgages. This index, known as the ‘Index of Reference of Mortgage Loans’, (IRPH), affected 1.3 million mortgages. In those mortgages the interest rate was linked to the IRPH and not to the Euribor. IRPH is calculated by taking into account the loan interest rates offered by all financial entities and has always been much higher than the...

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On European Wills

On August 17 2015, a European Regulation on inheritance law came into force. This regulation, allows European citizens to choose for their inheritance to be regulated by either country of residence or country of nationality. Therefore if you are currently a Spanish resident, but you have a different nationality that will provide you with better conditions for your heirs, you can choose this by simply stating it in your will. This came into effect in 2015 along with the European Certificate of Succession (ECS). This document has been designed to make international probate procedures easier in Spain as it will be a...

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Refusal of property keys back by the Bank

What if the Bank refuses to accept my property keys back? Not the end of the story: Monitor and oppose if: (a) Your mortgage deeds have abusive clauses which can stop or void the repossession: anticipated maturity clause, lack of communication of the sale of the mortgage debt to a vulture fund, floor clause, IRPH… (b) The enforcement procedure is being according to Law (c) Value given to the property for auction is correct, mainly if Banks are respecting the minimums established by Law as a barrier for them not to bargain with mortgage debtor rights. In most cases, your pending debt is below the value...

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Help in foreclosure procedures

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently issued his expert conclusion on five questions referred by different Spanish Courts, the Supreme Court among others, in regards to early maturity clause contained in mortgage contracts. What is an early maturity clause? It is a clause by which Bank can claim the whole debt just after a minor default (one installment) by the mortgage debtor What did Spanish Courts ask the European Court? In an scenario where a foreclosure procedure was started after many unpaid mortgage installments BUT based on the existence of a clause on the mortgage...

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