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Posted on April 3, 2017 by @cad in Newsletters Archive 2016

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BREXIT: There is a lot of speculation as was expected and the quicker the negotiations are concluded the better. Life here in Spain can then simply return to normal. Residents on both the parks are already registered in Spain as residents of Spain and not just on the park itself so nothing will change there. Registered residents pay their taxes in Spain which is why they are welcomed with open arms.

The British Embassy in Madrid went even further.

Boris Johnson wrote this in his newspaper column following Brexit. “I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be. There will still be intense and intensifying European co-operation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment”

“EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU. British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down. As the German equivalent of the CBI – the BDI – has very sensibly reminded us, there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market”

“The only change – and it will not come in any great rush – is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation: the vast and growing corpus of law enacted by a European Court of Justice from which there can be no appeal.”

So, as far as Costa Difference and the two parks are concerned we will continue to register new owners as residents in Spain (free of charge) and we see no reason why anything should change as far as that process goes. The British Embassy in Madrid have already told us that nothing at all will change for several years anyway and deals will be made to cover ex-pats living here.

>>> BREXIT is but one more reason to retire to Spain <<<

What defines “residential” when it comes to parks? We have over the years seen many parks described as only “Residential” on various websites and to be honest the word is often misused when comparing some parks to a genuine residential park.

Most parks in Spain are infact Residential/Holiday in style which is perfect if that is the type of park you are looking for. Not perfect however if you are in fact looking for a genuine residential park to enjoy retirement. So how can anyone check first (without spending money on an inspection visit) that the word “Residential” has been “misused” or not?

It might help to begin with if we let you know our criteria when it comes to Costa Difference agreeing to represent a genuine residential park. It is after all the reason why we only currently represent two residential parks. Our criteria for us sets the benchmark for residential parks to be both genuine and supportive. We ONLY represent residential parks as most newsletter subscribers know.

For us, in order to use the word “residential” in relation to any park in Spain the park has to:-

1) Have no tourist camping on any part of the park’s grounds (caravans and tents means it is a camping site as well).

2) Not allow commercial subletting (subletting means it is more a holiday park).

3) Have well defined plots of no less than 175 sq mtrs which is considered to be the smallest plot a residential home can occupy with privacy. (smaller plots just make the park fees look lower).

4) Have facilities in place that are exclusive for the park home owners/residents use only. A pool waiting to be built or sharing a bar & restaurant (and pool) with a camp site next door is not acceptable.

5) Offer residents all the backup services such as registering them to live in Spain as residents. That includes the town hall as well as with the local medical centre. A dedicated reception taking care of everything makes the park fees worth every penny.

6) Provide 24-hour security to ensure that the residents and their guests are the only ones who come and go freely. This also ensures that the facilities are there for residents only.

On more than one occasion we have had visitors to Park La Posada and Paradise Park who then tell us that they had seen other parks prior to their visit. They told us that the “penny dropped” as soon as they were shown what was really being promoted as a so-called “residential park”. It is after all impossible to hide camping facilities, hide the fact that the facilities are shared or hide the fact that there is no swimming pool at all.

To save you going through the same experience (if you want a genuine residential park) we suggest you simply ask these questions prior to any visit. It can save you a lot of money.

Q) Are there any camping facilities on the park itself or connected to the park?
Q) Is commercial subletting allowed?
Q) How big are the plots for the website advertised park fees?
Q) Are all the facilities in place such as a good sized swimming pool?
Q) Will I/we be registered with the town hall and local doctors/medical centre free of charge by the park itself?

Asking the right questions before any visit can save a lot of money. Once you know the park you will be shown is going to be a quality residential park, that’s the time to visit. The visit will then be to see if it is the right park and area for you. With Park La Posada and Paradise Park guaranteed as genuine we invite you to visit one day. There is no need to call us with the questions.

>>> The answer is to visit Park La Posada and Paradise Park first <<<

The Costadifference Stig: With Top Gear back on the screens we thought it would be a great idea if we had someone else in the background in much the same way as the “tame racing driver” is on Top Gear. So this month we are proud to introduce Patrick, or EX-Pat as he likes to be known.

Usually found sat around the pool EX-Pat entertains everyone with his dry sense of humour and wonderful outlook on life. This particular day he was going on about having to make the annual tax declaration here in Spain. The deadline is the 30th of June although the 20th of June is the official date. “Did you not do a tax declaration in the UK?” he was asked. He simply replied “Of course, but I knew what I was doing then. Now it is all foreign.”

Well we have got some good news for EX-Pat. Help is at hand on both parks as collectively all the residents have to submit annual tax returns so he can join everyone else and use the same person. It is as cheap as chips then. It also works in much the same way as in the UK. The Spanish (and residents) have personal tax allowances and different tax levels. The good news of course is that you only declare your income for tax purposes in the country of residence. You will only pay tax once.

So, for anyone like EX-Pat who is yet to make a tax return get cracking because the deadline has passed. The accountant will submit it online. If there is tax to pay you pay 60% of what you owe in July and 40% of what you owe in November. At least EX-Pat knew that the tax year in Spain is the 1st of Jan to the 31st of Dec unlike the UK. How the hell did we end up with a tax year ending in April in the UK?

To give you an idea how EX-PAT enjoys living here, he is quite often found  telling jokes. Of course his jokes are never dirty or offensive because he is old school. Below is his latest.

Sir Bobby Charlton, who as everyone knows is a world cup medal winner, was asked by a reporter recently on how he thought the England team of ‘1966 would have done against the Iceland team that beat the current 2016 English team. ” I think we’d have won the game 1-0 ” he replied. “Only 1-0?” Said the reporter. “Yes,” said Sir Bobby. “You have to take into account that most of us are in our 70’s now!”

>>> The sky is blue, the drink cold and now you would be laughing <<<

Walkie talkies: Martin Savage, the export manager for Willerby mobile homes has put in a request for us to purchase a set of walkie-talkies. Why we asked? The answer had us in stiches. It turned out that when our Martin was at the NEC caravan show on the Willerby stand in February of this year the girls on duty at reception called him over to see our clients as often as they called our Martin over.

If the visitor asked for Martin from Costa Difference they called our Martin. If the visitor however simply asked for Martin they called him over. As soon as he saw that it was our Martin the visitors wanted to see he went looking for him. Needless to say that meant looking inside all the Willerby display models to see which one our Martin was using at the time to chat to visitors about the parks and lifestyle. Willerby Martin was exhausted at the end of the three days that our Martin attended the NEC show on behalf of Costa Difference.

With two big new mobile home shows coming up in September (Hull and Beaulieu, details on ) he wants to be able to simply use a walkie-talkie to find out exactly where our Martin is and take the clients straight there.

So, to keep Willerby Martin from running around every display model at Hull and Beaulieu we will be purchasing three walkie -talkies. This is so that both Martins can also call on Steve (Hull) or Derick (Beaulieu) when it gets busy. At the NEC our Martin was at one time talking to 8 visitors about the parks and lifestyle here in Spain at the same time in the comfort of an Aspin demonstration home. Willerby Martin entertained the two visitors he was with until there was room for them to also join in.

>>> NEC, Hull and Beaulieu are three great shows to go to for information <<<

Price Alert Service: Just before this newsletter was due to be sent we did a price alert to everyone who has signed up. This is done using the form at the bottom of any webpage. The home in question was a 2006 Winchester Winchester Mk2 that was placed on sale.

However, we now have one more home that has just been added and technically we would simply send a second price alert. Because it falls right on when we send our monthly newsletter we will include it now instead. So, a “Price Alert”. It is a 2008 Atlas Jasmine Lodge 42 x 13 on Park La Posada. Pictures and a video can be found on our website.

>>> Price Alert keeps you informed easily <<<

Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life), so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain, which as you already know begins as soon as they leave the park.

The phrase this month is “¿Cuánto cuesta?” which means “how much does it cost?” and pronounced as kooAN-tow KWEHS-ta.

We are this month dedicating this section of our newsletter to Hindy who came on a visit in June. She has been learning Spanish in the UK and it was soon clear that she was far better than she thought she was. The staff at the Hotel Castilla were very impressed with her Spanish. She dived straight in with words she knew. She had no difficulty in getting her message across. She will learn the language very quickly if she spends some quality time in Spain.

>>> The lifestyle is great so why not try and say a few words in Spanish <<<

PosadaFM: John at Posada FM is doing a fantastic job. The online radio station is well worth listening to if you want to get a feel for what park life is all about. We are also looking into the possibility of starting a radio station for Paradise Park near Alicante as well. If any resident living on Paradise Park would like to join us and help run their own community radio with John, please get in touch with us. It will only require telling John what is going on in and around the park. He will do everything else.

Go to to enjoy some great music and get a feel for the community lifestyle.

>>> For residents the radio station is a great source of information <<<

FREE TV anyone? Interesting news for anyone living near Hull and who plan to go to the Lawns Caravan Extravaganza at Cottingham on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of September. Martin & Steve will be at the Willerby display as usual and will have their own park information stand. Why is that interesting?

They will be using a brand new 42 inch full HD TV to display the parks and the homes over the three days of the show. At the end of the three days they will be giving away the TV to a lucky winner.

To stand a chance on getting your hands on the 42 inch TV is easy. Over the three days simply find Martin & Steve within the Willerby display area and give them your contact details. You will also see the TV in action. At the end of the last day William from Mobile Homes Abroad will draw a winner from all those who have entered.

The winner will then be contacted and will be able to collect their new 42-inch TV from the reception at the Lawns on the Monday. It will come with the receipt and a year’s guarantee less 3 days. We will announce the winner in the next newsletter after the show.

Finally:To plan your park lifestyle visit, why not call us using our **free phone** Inspection Visit hotline number 0800 772 3980. Derick, Steve and Martin are here to take your call from 9am to 10pm UK time 7 days a week.

**free when using UK landlines**

As always, many thanks for taking the time to read all this. We hope you have found the information worthwhile.

The Costa Difference team in Spain

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