Escritura in Portugal is the name given to the final
signing of a property purchase or sale. The word
escritura literally means 'deed'.
An escritura is the
document prepared and signed before a notary by you, or
your lawyer using a power of
attorney, and the vendor.
At the same time the balance of the price is then paid. An appointment with the Notary has to be organised for signing the "escritura". This is subsequently drawn up in the notary book and he/she will then proceed to read this to you, after the reading you are required to sign this same document, and state whether or not you have received the price in
For the preparation of the "escritura" the Notary will require evidence that everything is legally correct and in perfect order. The following are the main documents required for this purpose:
a) Certidão de teor da descrição predial (Certificate of land registration) - which proves the description and inscription numbers of the property at the local land registry office;
b) Certificate of Habitation or letter from the
local Câmara (town council) specifying the property
pre-dates the certificate and therefore does not need
c) Caderneta Predial - booklet issued by the Tax Department confirming that the property has been registered for tax purposes;
d) A receipt from the Tax Department showing that the Imposto Municipal sobre as Transmissões (Transfer Tax) has been paid.
Certidõe de Energetica (Energy Certificate) -
certificate created by engineer specifying the
property's energy efficiency rating.