Paying Utility Bills in Spain

Contact our English-speaking team for all your legal, property, and accounting needs.

The standard running costs of your Spanish property are:

  • Local Property Tax
  • Rubbish Collection Tax
  • Community Fees
  • Electricity fees
  • Gas and Telephone

We can manage any changes that are necessary to your utility contracts, as well as the direct debit orders from your Spanish bank account. If you do not have a bank account at this stage, please let us know and we will arrange for the necessary paperwork.

Local Property Tax (I.B.I.) and Rubbish Collection Bills

Once the title deed is signed before the Spanish Public Notary, we will inform the Town Hall that you are the owner of your Spanish property. Although this IBI is issued every year, it can sometimes take up to 2 years for the Town Hall to issue the first bill. Notifications are normally sent to your Spanish Property’s address. However, we can arrange for the payment of existing bills and a standing order for future bills.

Water and Electricity

The payment of an on-going water and electricity supply is either on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Community Charges

If you purchase a property in a “community”, as an owner you are responsible for payment of your share of the expenses for the maintenance and up-keep of communal property. Community fees depend on many factors. However, we can find out the amount of the community fees, how often they have to be paid, contact details and then arrange a standing order.


For resale properties we would advise you to cancel the existing telephone line. The cost of a new line is around 200€. For new properties we can arrange a new connection for you and set up a standing order.

Need help understanding the taxation system?

Download the FREE Guide to Taxes for Non-Residents in Spain, written by Raquel Perez, owner of Perez Legal.

Are you buying a property?


Then you need to know the process. Download the FREE Guideline Procedure for Purchasing a Property.

Confused with the legalities of buying a home?

Download the FREE Spain Legal Buying Guide, written by Raquel Perez, owner of Perez Legal Group.

Selling your property?


Get an overview of what is involved by downloading the FREE Guide to Selling Your Spanish Property Legally.

Do you need help planning for the future?

Find out more information on the inheritance system here in Spain by downloading the FREE Inheritance Services book.

Do you pay taxes?


Download the 2019 Tax Payer´s Calendar to find the dates you need to submit your tax declarations.


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