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The law ruling the economic relationship between foreign married couples resident in Italy

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This article deals with the issue of the choice of law ruling the economic relationship between foreign married partners who are resident in Italy. The Italian law 218 of the 1995 amendment reforming international private law, determines the field of application of the Italian jurisdiction and the criteria to individuate the applicable law. Concerning the […]

Italian inheritance law regulation

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What are the principles at the basis of Italian inheritance law? The law n.218 of the 31st of May 1995 regulates the field of Italian inheritance law in the framework of international private law. The succession rules are determined on the basis of the national law of the deceased party at the moment of his […]

Legal requirements for preliminary contracts in off-plan transactions

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Preliminary contract Definition of legal requirements for preliminary contracts in off-plan transactions The legislative decree 122/2005 introduced very strict requirements for preliminary contracts concerning investments in off-plan properties in Italy. Following art.6 of the above mentioned legislative decree the preliminary contract should also contain: A full description of the parties. Identification details of the property, including the […]

Responsibility of the contractor for defects and/or variations in construction works

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The first essential advice I can give you before entering into a contract with a Construction or Renovation Company is: call your legal advisor requesting him to draft a contract between you and the Company you have chosen to carry out the work. A professionally drafted contract is your best protection if any problems connected […]

What is a certificate of occupancy?

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Certificate of occupancy in transactions of properties in Italy The Certificate of Occupancy (also called Certificate of Habitability) certifies the suitability of a residential property as being fit for human habitation. It is issued by the competent municipal offices following verification that the building and its systems comply with health, safety and structural stability regulations. […]

A deceased relative of mine owned Italian assets. How should I proceed?

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A deceased relative of mine owned Italian assets. How should I proceed? According to Italian law, inheritance is transmitted in 2 ways: 1) According to the law of intestate succession, if the deceased died intestate (without a Will), the assets are transmitted to the descendants or the surviving spouse following the principles set out within the Italian […]

International Property for Sales

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International Property for Sales? The legal framework regulating international property sales The legal framework regulating international property sales is set by the Italian Law together with international treaties. When there is a conflict between Italian and International laws, the latter will prevail.  Art.51 of the Italian law n. 218 (31st of may 1995) states that […]

A Place in the Sun – March 2012

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What is a certificate of habitability (certificato di agibilità)? Why is it essential from a legal point of view when buying or selling property in Italy? Please download the document from here.