If you purchase an apartment or a property in a community with gardens and pool there will be a community charge. This is usually paid quarterly to the management company of the community. It is a requirement that all communities have a management company and there will be annual meetings with the residents to discuss what improvements, modifications and repairs will be carried out and depending on what is agreed by a majority vote, the communities fees will be calculated to cover any of these costs.
Javea is a multinational, multi-language town and if you have been a visitor, you probably have never had the need to speak Spanish as the majority of restaurant and shop staff speak English. But once you are here on a permanent basis you will find dealing with administration tasks and general day to day living frustrating, not speaking the language.
When you become a resident of Spain you will need to either buy a Spanish car or re-register your British car. There are pros and cons for both options. British second-hand cars are much cheaper than Spanish second hand cars. You may have a nice car, that if you sold you would not be able to replace with a similar model and year for the same price in Spain.
The Padron is the equivalent to the electoral role in the UK, although does not give foreigners full voting rights. Foreigners can register to vote in local elections although are not permitted to vote in national elections. Unless they become a full Spanish citizen.
If you live more than 183 days in Spain per year you are required to become a Spanish resident. You are only allowed to reside in one European country. If you have a holiday home in Spain you need to ensure that you don’t over stay the 183 days if you wish to remain resident in the UK. Although if you own a property you still must complete a non-resident tax return.