As its earlyish for a Sunday there probably are no UK law experts available, but I am sure you will get a response soon.
Oh OK - will I get charged for your reply above?
No - as
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2) Make sure you only rate/accept on a response you have asked for on the original law question, then then there will be no charge for you just chasing up this particular situation with me
Thanks and enjoy the rest of the weekend
From your answer, it seems there would be no problem for us to "visit" our spanish rental after becoming UK resident (as long as it did not exceed 90 days) - is this correct?. So our plan is, after accepting the offer stc on the UK house we are selling (imminent), we will pop over to UK a few times to search for houses to buy, then in December, break ties with Spain (bank account, GP etc), go to UK again to establish UK residency - return to our rental in Spain on a "visit" in December, do our spanish tax return for 2014 (Jan-Dec) so we do not have to declare the sale to the Spanish tax authority, and hopefully stay in Spain until we complete on a new house to buy in UK after which we can physically move ourselves and the pets permanently back to UK to the new house.So long as we are careful not to stay in Spain longer than 90 days, will this plan work?
Thank you for that - but I am still unsure what our actual movement plan should be in order to avoid bringing the animals to a UK rental (if there is such a thing as a UK rental which accepts animals!) until we can move them into a new house in UK. Obviously we would prefer to keep them in Spain in our rental house there for as long as possible to reduce upheavals - we would not have an official rental contract but just have a private arrangement with our landlord.
All I really want to know is, after becoming UK resident In Dec and after having cut all official ties with Spain, can we then return to Spain on "long visits", so we can keep our pets here until we can move into a new house in UK? I find it hard to wrap my head around qualifying days etc, and just need to know what to do to keep the animals here. Sorry...
'You spend more than 183 days in Spain in one calendar year. You become liable whether or not you take out a formal residency permit. These days do not have to be consecutive.'
So in our case, what you are saying is that during the Spanish tax year Jan 2015 - Dec 2015, we must not stay longer than 183 days.
So from this I gather that it will be OK for us to go back to Spain after becoming UK resident in Dec 2014, for "long visits" up to say end April 2015. (only approx 120 days)....? Yes or no??? Thank you and sorry I need very specific answers to be clear.