The purchase of a loft built on industrial land, but the whole building is designed as housing. That is to say, it is not an office that is being refurbished, but lofts have been built directly on industrial land. What disadvantages can I have when buying it, and in a future sale, and are there any possible tax reliefs?
The first thing to check is whether the area is habitable. To do this, it is necessary to consult the local town hall to confirm, according to the general plan of the municipality in question, keys such as the type of land, its habitability and whether it is possible to make a change of use and subsequent reform.
If the industrial building has been absorbed by urban land or the land has been reclassified as residential, the possibilities for a successful conversion of this type are increased.
In principle, the construction of housing on industrial land is prohibited. Once the municipality has confirmed that residential use of the industrial building in question is permitted, a technical project for the change of use from industrial to residential must be drawn up and signed by an architect.
The local council will be in charge of studying this technical document and, finally, granting the building permit, if applicable. Therefore, it should be borne in mind that the licence is always prior and the reform should not be started before obtaining it if administrative sanctions are to be avoided.
Now, with all this documentation duly formalized, you can proceed with the renovation. Once completed, the owner must register the new home with the notary.
For a property to be habitable and for a future sale to be possible, it must have the current certificate of habitability, which is a certificate issued by the town hall of each municipality where it is validated that there are minimum general conditions of habitability on the necessary dependencies, such as the minimum dimensions of the different rooms, height of the property, ventilation systems or smoke extraction, as well as the specific conditions of each municipality, which is responsible for this matter.