BENIDORM’S Town Hall has made it clear in the past that they are not a fan of the UK leaving the EU, both from the point of view of their many British residents and the effect on tourism. However, there has been one good thing to emerge, a surge in the legalisation of their status by expatriates from the UK. Residencia is a must-have requirement for those wanting to live and/or work in Benidorm and 600 people have changed their status in the town recently, with the official numbers of Brits registered as living there jumping by some 25%.
Town Hall budgets are based on the number of official residents and all the while that many ex-pats, for whatever reason, chose to live under the radar dents were put in spending plans. On the downside, there has also been a rise in certain frauds such as other EU nationals making appointments for a residency card and then “selling” the sought after slot to desperate British nationals.