A few weeks after I bought my apartment in 2013 I received a registered letter to pay €1900+ to the Land Registry in Ronda, Spain.
I immediately went to the office in Ronda with 39 €50 notes to pay off the tax. No, no, no ! We don’t take cash here. We will contact your bank to transfer your money to us ! They said.
So I went away happy, not really, but ready to pay.
15 months later, last week, this arrived in my mailbox from my bank. An unknown tax bill for over €2300 which the bank had not paid until I approved the transfer.
I phoned my bank for details. I know nothing except a bank account details, order number and amount. She said.
So the following day Pedro (my Spanish neighbour) drove me to my local town hall in Cortes de la Frontera.
No, no, no ! It has got nothing to do with us. Go to Infantes street in Ronda and they will tell you what the €2300+ is for.
40 minutes later we parked up in Ronda and had a coffee. It was sensible that we sat outside the cafe. I wasn’t sure whether to get 5 or a coffee with 2.
We decided on just the drinks !
Laden down with all my paperwork we walked the few hundred yards to the office expecting this again :-
We arrived. The office was totally empty with a new address on the door. Its location is on the other side of town.
Another 40 minutes later we arrived at the spanking new multi-million euro office. Got our number 33 and waited. Another 40 minutes later the man chewing a toothpick showed me his computer screen and told me: It’s the €1900 Land Registry tax plus a €25 per month penalty for no-payment adding up to €2300+ ! Heehee ! OMG ! Should I challenge the months of penalties which was not my fault or just pay ? I contacted my bank and paid ! I don’t want the years of hassle.
While I was there I showed him my town hall water etc. bill………
……and I asked him why the bill is still in the name of Sandeman and not mine ? …….
……..why is it still sent to Marbella and not to my home ? ……
……and why my house number is 143 (which is a field on the Land Registry. So officially I live 3 floors up in a field !) instead of the street number 137 where I actually live !
No, no, no ! It’s got nothing to do with us……..
…….all this information has gone to Malaga 19 months ago……….
……and they are dealing with it ! We changed to your bank details instantly 19 months ago, but everything else has to be changed in Malaga !
So what are they doing in Malaga for 19 months ? Probably they never get to work……
Or ignore their work breaks……..
…….or maybe they have more important things to do.
AND what is Mr Sandeman, my water bill, doing in Marbella ?
Sleeping on the beach ? Getting sand in personal places ?
Dozing on a terrace ?
Going to fashion shows ?
Spending all day on the beach ?
Buying a yacht at Puerto Banus ?
Watching the girls go by ? ……
……while he is wearing ?
Or maybe he’s just relaxing, watching pot plants marching up the steps.
Meanwhile I’m at home……
…….chewing on an apple……
…… and thinking about why my Spanish electricity company is mailing my bill to my correct address #137, yet I am billed for #131 !
These are all Google Search pictures. Not mine !
Except for the bills ! Yuk !
OKAY ! Own up ! Who’s been peeking into my “bluefish energy pants ! ” ?
Ralph xox ❤
(mail to #131, #137 or #143. Take your pick !)