Legal note

Law 26/1984, of July 19, General for the Defense of Consumers and Users, establishes as a basic right of consumers and users "the correct information about the different products or services" and education or disclosure to facilitate the knowledge about its proper use, consumption or enjoyment [article 2.1, d)], expressly stating that this, together with the other rights of consumers and users, will be protected as a priority when they are directly related to products or services of common, ordinary and generalized (article 2.2).

Housing is currently one of these products of ordinary and widespread use. Its use by purchase or lease, is an activity not only daily, but of great importance in the life of the consumer. Law 26/1984 itself, seems to understand it as follows from the significant fact of the express mention of housing in three of its articles are: Articles 5.2, j), 10.1, c), and 13.2 in which aspects are discussed as the construction materials, expenses that can affect the buyer and documentation to be delivered in the acquisition of a home.

The present Royal Decree arises in view of the need to systematically regulate an aspect of special importance for the consumer or user, such as the information that must be provided in the acquisition or lease of a home.

Likewise, and in accordance with the provisions of article 22 of the aforementioned Law 26/1984, of July 19, both the Consumers and Users Associations and the Employers related to this sector have been heard in consultation.

By virtue of this, on the proposal of the Minister of Health and Consumption, in agreement with the Council of State and after deliberation of the Council of Ministers, at its meeting on April 21, 1989.