Moving to Ibiza

Due to popular demand we are retaining the first article in the series here but have now produced, with our affiliate Tanit Publications, a 12,000 word comprehensive guide covering all the information you will need to start your new life on the island. The first section is found below as a sample and you can then download the whole guide either for Kindle here or for desktop here . We have levied the minimum charge possible for this at £o.99 to cover production and updating admin. We hope you find it useful and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Finding a Place to Live 

Moving to a foreign country, no matter how exciting, can also be a challenge and sometimes extremely frustrating. Through this guide we would hope to help ease this process for you by providing the information you need to make the transition as smooth as possible. We have tried to give as much factual information as possible and to draw on our own and others experiences to cover the larger issues but also to look at those smaller things that can make a real difference in the early days. Of course if there is something we have missed or some extra information you need please feel free to contact us at . All legal issues have been checked with our legal advisors but please be aware that legal processes and requirements change very quickly in Ibiza so we would always advise you check with a legal professional or contact us to do so before you act on any of the advice found here.

The Basics

Where Do You Want To Be on The Island?

Unless you know the island of Ibiza really well both in and out of the tourist season, even if you eventually plan to buy a property, we would recommend that you consider renting a place in the first instance to familiarize yourself with the island and get a real feel for where you really want to be . Alternatively you could plan off season visits and explore all the areas that interest you at different times of year. Many areas of the island change considerably over the year, being lively places in the summer and virtual ghost towns in the winter months. Tranquillity is all well and good but it can be a fine line here between that and isolation depending on your circumstances and personality.

Ibiza Town is a good all year place to live if you like city living but for those who prefer a more sedate way of life many of the places which seem to fit the bill in summer may well be a little too tranquil between October and April.

The other main year round area is Santa Eulalia on the east coast. This resort is lively in the summer but without the party element associated with resorts like San Antonio and Playa den Bossa. It is a more family orientated resort but also a town which has both a large local population and also a strong ex pat community, making it a peaceful place in the winter but with a lot of local life to keep you entertained through the quieter months.

Santa Gertrudis, in the centre of the island, is a very pretty village which sees less of a degree of variation throughout the year as it is not coastal, and being home to the international fee paying school also has a strong ex pat community. It is a popular place for people to settle but its popularity is reflected in rental and purchase prices which do tend to be higher than most other areas on the island. This tends to be true across the island that the areas less popular with local people and ex pats will be the places to pick up a more affordable option both to rent and buy. If you are considering areas such as this, for example San Antonio and the surrounding towns, please remember that, as there is much country and open space around these towns, it is still possible to find a relatively quiet place to live at a good price although you will have to venture into the madding crowd in the summertime to do essentials like shopping.

Obviously it is not practical here to cover every option on Ibiza and there are many more towns and villages which may suit your personality both in and out of season but if have any questions about a particular area you are considering please fell free to contact us at and we will be pleased to discuss your options with you. On the whole however, if you can, it is always better to visit an area you think may suit you outside of the tourist season to get a true feel for the place as a potential home.

Next we will look at your options for the process of actually getting you, your family and your possessions to Ibiza to start your new life and at the process for renting a home. The process for buying will be covered separately in the next section.

Securing accommodation and moving in

Contracts and Keys – Rentals

Firstly as Ibiza is a tourist destination it is very difficult to find long term rental options near to the summer months and virtually impossible once the season is underway. This is because anything left vacant when the season is approaching is usually given over to tourists as the revenue is so much higher for the owner. So it is best to look at moving from around the beginning of October through to March. We advise clients to contact agents around 6 weeks before they are due to arrive to give them time to find options but to ensure these are not taken before they have a chance to view them. Although this may seem a little last minute long term rentals at a reasonable price move very fast here in Ibiza so it is prudent to act as soon as you see something you like. Unfortunately most landlords are unwilling to hold property for someone who does not want to start paying rent before they have moved in, although some will so it is always worth asking if you really like the look of something in advance.

Although it is possible to take a property on the basis of photographs only we would advise that you try to make a viewing visit where possible. If you have no choice but to rent sight unseen then please make absolutely sure to check the agents credentials thoroughly first before you send any money. You can ask for a copy of their NIE number and passport if they are self employed or have a solicitor check their company registration if they are part of a larger organisation. We cannot stress the importance of this enough, particularly in recent years as there have been a number of scams involving people posing as both owners and agents for properties that either did not exist or were not theirs to rent.

Once you have found your chosen property, your agent should then formulate a contract for you or check the contract provided by the owner to make sure there are no unfavourable or illegal clauses. If you are not using an agent we would advise that, if the contract is in Spanish only,  before you sign you ask for an English translation or have this done yourself if it is not available from the owner or alternatively have it checked by a solicitors office. Because it is a contract in Spain they are not obliged to provide it in any other language so you may have to pay for this. It is obviously better to have the contract legally checked in any event.

The term of the contract is by mutual agreement but is generally between one and three years. However if it is only for a year and the owner does not give you the required written notice at the end you will have an automatic right to a further two years.

You will be required to pay a deposit as security against damage (between one and three months rent depending on the owner) , one months rent in advance  and the agency fee if you used one, generally the equivalent of a months rental payment although some agents charge a little more or less. Also be aware that it has become quite common practice for owners to ask for one YEARS rent in advance. Although this is certainly not a practice we hold with unfortunately it is up to the individual owner to stipulate. It is generally done to protect them from a tenant disappearing at the end of the summer before their lease has expired but clearly for many people this is not a viable option so do check before you spend valuable time viewing a property.

At this point, in the moment that you pay the money, both you and the owner should sign the contract and you should be given a copy to keep. You should also be given the keys now providing you are paying the deposit and all other expenses. Most contracts are fairly basic and straightforward but do question anything you don’t understand or are unhappy with at the beginning of the tenancy.

Purchasing a Property

If you have decided to purchase straight away then being familiar with the time scale and process in advance can help with your plans. Of course you do not need to move immediately the sale has gone through but many people prefer to do so. If you are buying to let or as a holiday home then this section will still be of use…………….

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Note: Although we make every effort to ensure the information contained herein is accurate and complete we cannot be held responsible for any losses caused as a result of following this advice.