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Legalities

 

The number 1 rule to buying a property in Greece is to make sure you have a lawyer. You
wouldn’t buy a property in the UK without a solicitor would you? Within this area we have a
selection of articles that relate to the legal facets of property in Greece.
 

The role of a notary

There is only one legal way to purchase property in Greece and that is to have a contract drawn up and authorised by a notary public or Simvoliographo,  who comes within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice and refers to the Public Prosecutor Authorities. Any property purchased merely by signing a private document means that the purchase can legally be declared null and void. The notary (who may be chosen by the purchaser as they pay for this service) checks the  More...


Legal tips for renovating in Greece

Before you decide to embark on a renovation project in Greece you need to check out a couple of things quite carefully. The main concern is that there are certain restraints on property renovations depending on whether your property is within town limits or not. Laws regarding building outside village or town limits are changing all the time and vary from place to place - there is no one standard ruling. Some areas in Greece stipulate that the plot size must be over 4,000  More...


Buying land to build on in Greece

There are a number of things you need to bear in mind before deciding to buy land and build in Greece. Here are a few thoughts on the matter - please remember that these are just a few pointers and you need to discuss this fully with local competent experts. All EU citizens have the same rights as Greek citizens concerning the purchase or sale of property. Non-EU citizens are also free to buy property in Greece, with certain restrictions. Also, in areas qualifying  More...


Lessons to be learned: a buying story from Crete

While I was out in Chania, Crete, I met two utterly charming OGC readers. It was the first day of their holiday on the island and they took the time and trouble to come and discuss with me – and you - their Greek property journey. I have to tell you that there were some very valuable lessons to be learnt - I have changed their names for obvious reasons – read on! Mary began the tale: “We came out and viewed properties with two agents and, to be fair, there was  More...


Find a good and reputable lawyer – how do I do that?

If I had to pick just one thing that you should do when buying property in Greece, it would be to find yourself a good, honest, independent, English-speaking lawyer to hold your hand – metaphorically speaking of course – through the whole process. I repeat - it is absolutely essential that you retain your own lawyer when you undertake a property transaction in Greece – the END!! I have just put the telephone down on an OGC reader who has been through a  More...


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