Up to 100 installments for owners of illegal properties

Greeks declaring illegally built homes will be able to pay their fines in as many as 100 installments rather than the current 36, according to a new law drafted by the government.

As was the case with legislation passed in 2011, the law allows owners of properties built without permits or which have breached the zoning limits to come forward and protect their homes from legal action or demolition. Anyone doing so this year will be allowed 100 installments, while those applying next year will be granted 60 monthly payments. Anyone paying the whole penalty up front will be granted a 25 percent discount.

The law allows the properties to be exempt from further fines for the next 30 years and opens up the possibility of them being made fully legal, depending on changes to zoning laws, which will be decided at a later date by the environment minister.

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