Expats urged to renew their padron registration

EXPATS in Nerja are being warned that if they don’t renew their registration on the town’s ‘padron’ (municipal roll) they will be removed from the list and could lose out on benefits including tax discounts.

Nerja Foreigners’ Department has confirmed that foreign residents who are not registered or need to re-register need to do so before March 31 or they will be removed from the padron. Every two years all foreigners must confirm that they are still listed on the padron, otherwise they are considered as not living in the town any more.

The town hall receives around €150 per person registered on the padron every year from central and local government. Consequently, they would not figure on the population list for the town to receive grants. Also, residents who are not registered on the padron cannot benefit from certain rights, such as tax discounts.

Nerja could statistically lose up to 2,200 inhabitants if the expat community doesn’t register. This would mean a reduction of public money earmarked to provide services to the town. Foreigners can renew their padron by sending an email to the Foreigners’ Department at [email protected] stating their name and NIE number, or visit the Foreigners’ Department on the ground floor. The procedure can also be carried out in the town hall’s main reception.

Residents are requested to bring a photocopy of any kind of identification, preferably their NIE certificate, but passports, identity cards, driving licences or medical cards are also accepted.

Staff will check whether the person has to renew their padron or not and if so, the resident will simply have to sign a form.

Nerja Foreigner’s Department is open from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 1pm. The main reception is open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 2pm.

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