After all the legal formalities have been completed for the purchase of your new home the next step is the connection of utilities.
If you have provided a power of attorney to your lawyer then he/she can connect them on your behalf and arrange standing orders for bills to be paid through your bank – if not, then you will need to do the following:
1) Go along to the electricity authority with the following documents:
a) Copy of either your contract of sale or title deed (in your name).
b) Copy of an old electricity bill from the property you have purchased or the meter number.
c) Your passport.
There is a Euros 75 (Seventy Five) guarantee required and also a Euros 15 + VAT connection fee for a private home both of which will be included on your first bill. The amount of the guarantee will be adjusted on your final bill should you sell the property.
Connecting Electricity to a Rental Property:
If renting a property take your rental agreement, passport and an old electricity bill or the meter number of the property to the electricity authority.
There will be a Euros 200 (Two Hundred) guarantee required for EU citizens (payable immediately upon submitting the application) plus a Euros 15 + VAT connection fee which will be on the first bill.
If you are a non-EU citizen the guarantee required is Euros 350 (Three Hundred and Fifty) and must be paid immediately at the time an application for services is submitted. There is also the connection charge of Euros 15 + VAT which will be included on your first bill. The guarantee amount will be adjusted on your final bill when you vacate the property.
Visit the water board in the area you live.
The same documents as above are required for the water connection.
Each area has different requirements regarding the deposit amount but it is usually between Euros 200 – 300 and must be paid at the time an application is submitted. The deposit will be adjusted on your final bill should you sell or vacate the property.
Don’t forget to insure your new property – building and contents. If renting a property then only contents insurance is necessary.