Evictions, Now Permitted, Change Face of Nation

June 14, 2004
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1995 law finally having impact Slogans like this dot the landscape because now landlords have the right to jack up rents and evict those who won’t pay. This says ‘No eviction without a fight.’ Many lawyers have made a fortune over the last year desalojando, or evicting people from their happy homes and businesses because […]

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Development in High Gear at The Pacific Beaches

June 7, 2004
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But there does not seem to be an overall plan Just a sampling of potholes and the real estate offices beside them Everyone up and down the coast of Guanacaste is getting ready for the real estate boom, all except maybe the Costa Rican government. With few exceptions, most of the important thoroughfares are in […]

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Consumer Protection Law Is a Valuable Weapon

May 24, 2004

The consumer protection law in Costa Rica, a model law for Latin America, works well if you know how to use it. On July 1, 1996, the consumer protection law was published in La Gaceta, Costa Rica’s public records bulletin. Before that date, any consumer who had a problem with a private or public company […]

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Landmark Decision Due in Property Fraud Cases

May 17, 2004

Victims have right to express views There may be good news for those who have lost their property or other assets to fraud in Costa Rica. Believe or not, the courts are divided on who should be protected. Here is a little informational background: Most jurisprudence is decided in the Corte Supremo, or superior court. […]

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Country’s Legal System Has Rules For Complaints

May 10, 2004

Attorneys are not too well thought of anywhere in the world. Costa Rica is no exception. One dictionary tongue-in-cheekly defines a lawyer as “One who defends your estate against an enemy, in order to appropriate it to himself.” There are many cases in Costa Rica where attorneys have done just that, manipulated paperwork so their […]

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Possession is More Important Than Ownership

May 3, 2004
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Owning property in Costa Rica is much more than just having a deed. Possession is nine-tenths of the law in this country. Most people believe it is a simple procedure to buy a piece of land in Costa Rica. One just needs to have an attorney check to see if the catastro, or plat plan, […]

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Unusual Property Tax System Hurts Newcomer

April 26, 2004
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First there was arithmetic, and then came new math, and now Costa Rica has introduced tax math. Aristotle, the Greece philosopher, was the first ever to theorize this kind of geometric mathematics in his book The Physics. So no one should be surprised Tributacion Directa, the Costa Rican tax authority, much like the IRS in […]

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