I have been putting off applying for Residencia until everything calmed down. Has anyone recently applied and has it got any easier!!
It's really easy. 2 forms to be filled out there and then, 1 photo, a small amount of cash (6.80€?) and the original of your passport. Takes 5 mins if there is no queue.
A padron is not required...
but that doesn't mean they wont ask for it, but to ask breaches EU law.
... there is even an argument that charging 6,70 Euros is wrong as well.