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Old Aug 3rd 2023, 3:21 pm
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I purchase a property built before 1951 . I replaced the roof only and the Elvas local council will not give me a habitation licence. Why? I have read Portugese government site and clearly property built before 1951 does not need a habitation licence. I have water connected and use solar power only.
Does anyone know how I correct this bureaucratic nonsense? Can a solicitor write to them and demand a licence on my behalf?
I would be extremely grateful for any suggestions as I am going crazy!
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Old Aug 3rd 2023, 3:44 pm
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See if this is any help...https://www.theportugalnews.com/news...-council/76869

PS. Is it on rustic land?? If so it won't be granted,as far as I know.
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As you say a HL is not needed for properties built before 1951, so what`s the problem? Why do you want/need one?.
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If I sell the property by law it must have a habitation licence or an exemption
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No, it is in the centre of the village!
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Originally Posted by lexicycle
I replaced the roof only and the Elvas local council will not give me a habitation licence. Why?
Perhaps it would be best to ask them? We'd all just be guessing.

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Originally Posted by captainflack
Perhaps it would be best to ask them? We'd all just be guessing.
Sorry I should have explained in more detail.I have visited the Town planning office on nine occasions and been given different answers on each visit. I thought perhaps someone on here may had a simliar experience. Thank you for your concern and support .
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I don't much about all of this, but we have been looking to buy houses and rules. Did you get a project certificate to do the work? My understanding is that you still need a project licence to do major building work such as a roof.

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I don't much about all of this, but we have been looking to buy houses and rules. Did you get a project certificate to do the work? My understanding is that you still need a project licence to do major building work such as a roof.
yes I was gonna mention that.
f you are looking to sell, best plan will be to chat with your lawyer, they will now how you stand or what you might need to do to avoid complications during a sale process. Not an estate agent.
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A tricky one. But I would think a roof replacement would have needed clearance by the council first. I would like a small porch type of roof myself. If I remember right when were were still part of the EU, the EU law premitted a 19m2 roof extension for something like this. Of'course if you were Belgian with deep pockets you could demolish the entire thing without any permission whatsoever and build a new in it's stead. And the Portuguese would approve this eventually after they get tired and worn down.
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Sorry to hear of your problems but my understanding is that a house built pre 1951 (a national law with regional variations) needs a habitation exception certificate BEFORE you purchase it. For all houses , any change in the external appearance of the house needs planning permission (architect plans etc etc). Best plan is to plead ignorance of the laws and ask for help at your Camara. Not good news but a post here a few months ago could have saved a lot of hassle for you...this is what we are here for, pre advice.
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We bought our pre-1951 house in 1997 which needed renovation (bathroom/kitchen/roof) and had to have a Habitation License which our Estate Agent (who is also a lawyer) got for us.
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