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What is an NIE number and why do I need one?

In Spain you cannot legally buy property, a house, car, boat etc without having applied to the police for your NIE number and had your NIE documentation returned. Likewise, you cannot enter into a contract for the supply of electricity, water or a telephone line etc without giving your NIE/NIF number together with your bank details because these services will only accept clients whose bills are paid automatically from a bank. Neither can you arrange an insurance policy or order goods or services, sign on for the National Social Security, Health Service or commence a job without showing your NIE number.

The Decree (Real Decreto 338-1990) of 9th March establishes that everyone, of whatever nationality, resident or not, who has any “official business” in Spain, must have a fiscal number (NIF/NIE) which is used to identify them on all official documents.

Without a Residencia – you are not legally entitled to stay in Spain for more than 90 days.

What is the difference between an NIE and NIF number?

People often talk about or ask for your NIE or NIF number. In actuality they are the same. The NIE is used for confirming your identification whereas, if you wish to carry out any fiscal function such as opening a bank account, buy a property, car, boat etc it is referred to as an NIF (fiscal) number. Application requirement and the document issued are the same.

My New Home Valencia provides assistance to get a NIE in Valencia.

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Highlights of Valencian community

The region of Valencia, which is also known as the autonomous community of Valencia is located along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, overlooking the Gulf of Valencia and surrounded by a rolling mountain range and vast plains filled with orange groves which lead to the lands of Aragon and Castilla-La Mancha – the region made famous by Cervantes’ Don Quixote.


The Valencian Community has an enviably mild climate with nearly 2,700 hours of sunshine, which makes it ideal as an all year round destination. Hot summers and mild winters are interspersed with windy autumn and spring months.

History of the region

In the fifteenth century, Valencia witnessed its golden age, when political autonomy was granted by the Aragonese king, James I. Trade boomed in the region and it also became a cultural hotspot, with many writers and poets residing in the area. Thanks to the high ambitions of its rulers, the capital Valencia became one of the most influential cities of the Iberian peninsula.

Northern area of the Valencian Community

The northern part of Valencia’s shoreline which consists of the Costa del Azahar and the Costa de Valencia boasts long, sandy beaches, towering apartment buildings and countless resorts. This infrastructure shares the landscape with farmsteads and large market gardens.

The Costa de Valencia is the coast closest to the capital Valencia, a city with a rich heritage and great attractions and the perfect city trip destination


The beaches in the Valencia region are very high-quality with excellent facilities and water sports equipment to rent. This is one of the reasons why Valencia is such a great family destination. Most Valencian beaches are awarded the Blue Flag every year for their outstanding quality and safety.


Typical local produce of the Valencia region includes a wide variety of sausages, confectionery, rice and citrus fruits. And don’t leave without trying the delicious red and white Valencian wines.

Paella is the typical Valencian dish and the most famous dish of Spain. The traditional paella is made with rice, rabbit or chicken and vegetables, but each village in the Community has its own variation made with fresh and local ingredients. The three most popular varieties are the meat paella (with chicken or rabbit), the seafood paella and the mixed paella, which combines meat and fish. Another Valencian dish is arroz banda which consists of rice cooked in fish stock served with seafood and aioli. /

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Required documents for tenants in Spain


To rent a property in Spain it is essential to open a Spanish bank account in order to set up direct debits for all of the utilities (water, gas, electricity, phone & internet).

You will also need to bring along your passport/ID card and if you are going to be working in Spain you will be required to apply for a NIE number

The owners will normally also ask for some references as an employment contract, pay slips or other references; to show that you will be a good tenant and to qualify your financial status and ability to cover the rent payments.