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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 10.5%

Portugal’s rate of unemployment totalled 10.5% in November (it was 12,3% in November 2015), according to a provisional estimate from the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE), which also lowered the figure for October to 10.6%, compared to an initial estimate of 10.8%.

According to INE, the unemployment rate was higher among women (10.5%) than men (10.4%) compared to October 2016, with the number of unemployed women falling by 0.1 percentage points and the number of unemployed men by 0.3 percentage points.

Unemployment among young people was 28.4%, 0.6 percentage points higher than in the previous month, while among adults it was 9.1%, or 0.2 percentage points lower.

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I FOUND THAT THE PROPERTY I PURCHASED HAS DEFECTS, WHAT CAN I DO NOW?

Every consumer purchase is covered by a mandatory legal guarantee. As long as you are a consumer, no seller can claim otherwise.

Legally, the property must not suffer from any defect which has a negative impact on its value or which renders its regular use impossible. If these warranties are breached, the consumer can choose between repair, replacement, refund or a price reduction. However, the buyer must notify the seller of defects within one year of their discovery.

If the property is newly built, the purchaser will also benefit from a five-year warranty period. According to Art. 1225 of the Civil Code, the seller is liable for damages in respect of certain defects during five years, if he has also constructed, repaired or modified the building.