May.05 2024

Everything about the ITE (Technical Inspection Report) in Spain: Requirements and Obligations for Buyers and Sellers

Whether you are selling, purchasing, or building a property or real estate in Spain, you may have heard of the ITE (Building Technical Inspection).

What is an ITE?

The ITE, or building technical inspection, is a control system of buildings to ensure that a building is in good preservation and safety conditions and, if necessary, to assess what elements need to be refurbished. Thus, it is a report drawn up by architects or specialised engineers.

When is an ITE required?

According to Law 8/2013, dated 26 June, an ITE is compulsory in buildings over 50 years old. After the 50-year mark, an ITE must be carried out every 10 years.

What must an ITE report contain?

An ITE report must contain at least:

  1. A general assessment of the state of the building.
  2. An energy performance certificate of the building.
  3. An assessment of the basic accessibility conditions of the building in order to avoid discriminating physically challenged people.

What may result from an ITE?

An ITE report can have a favourable or unfavourable result. In the event of an unfavourable result, the report will contain a list of improvement measures to be carried out in the building.

For this reason, if you are going to purchase or sell a property in Spain and think this obligation may be applicable, we recommend that you contact a lawyer so they can inform you about how to solve this situation before formalising an agreement.

Remember that this information is generic and each particular case must be studied individually, so we recommend you seek legal counselling for your sale or purchase in Spain.