Land register delay sought

The Ombudsman yesterday joined lawyers’ and notaries’ associations in calling for an extension to the October 31 deadline for homeowners to declare their properties in Greece’s first land register. In a letter to Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias, Ombudsman Giorgos Kaminis sought the extension of the deadline until the end of the year, noting that «a three-month deadline is very short for such a huge undertaking.» Lawyers and notaries have made the same request, saying it will be impossible to get all homeowners registered by the deadline. They say some 40 percent of properties have yet to be registered. In his letter, Kaminis also took issue with the fact that a land register fee is charged per right to each property, not per property, resulting in large outlays for some families. Also the rush to register their properties has led many homeowners to fall victim to profiteers, Kaminis said.

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