Land Registry: These are the new measures

In the first half of 2020 the fines for not submitting real estate declarations will be activated, and their amount will depend on both the objective value of the property and the delay in settlement.

As Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis noted , “no late citizen is in danger of losing his property, but there would be an ethical insolvency towards the coherent citizens, unless there was a fine foreseen for lawlessness. ».

All Land Registry Measures

The first set of measures concerns legislative and organizational interventions to make the Land Registry more effective. The most important legislative intervention concerns extending the transformation of land registries into land registries.

The transformation of the 292 registrations into 17 head offices and 75 branches, under the management of the Land Registry, is already envisaged by a relevant law passed in 2018 and provides for the transformation to be completed by January 2020. However, this is not possible until now 2022!

Actions are also underway to immediately staff the Cadastre. The aim is soon to staff this department with the 40 legal scientists who have been removed by reviving their paid mandate.

At the same time, through ASEP and in consultation with the Ministries of Finance and Home Affairs, recruitment of employees to staff the Agency’s local land offices is underway, as provided by the 2018 law on the operation of the Land Registry.

It is also planning to hire 50 people to carry out this important project. These 50 hires will be financed from the Cadastre’s resources without the burden of the state budget.

The second set of measures concerns the new digital services to be introduced into the daily life of the Land Registry in order to serve the citizen first, without the hassle and unnecessary expense. At the same time, it is a time-consuming and costly process for the citizen today to be replaced at the touch of a button.

Indicatively, the new digital services being introduced are:

First , the ordering, payment and issuance of certificates by the Agency’s Land Registries will now be done electronically . This saves people time and money. Today, this is done only in local Offices and the citizen has to go and stand in line. The service is scheduled to run for the first two months of 2020.

Secondly , the notary will submit the contracts to the Agency’s Offices, and will now be done electronically and without the involvement of the citizen. And with this new digital service, people are saving time and money as today this process is only done in person at local offices. Implementation time is set for the first quarter of 2020.

Third , the electronic submission of other acts (court decisions, etc.) to the Offices of the Body by a lawyer or bailiff, without the involvement of the citizen. Today, this process is done only in the Offices and in the presence of the citizen, which will no longer be necessary. Implementation time is set for the first four months of 2020.

Fourth , the electronic-distance survey of cadastral data for all areas that have completed the cadastral survey. Nowadays this only happens in the Land Offices and with a physical presence. Implementation time is defined as the first half of the following year.

Fifth , the pre-trial review will now be done electronically, as it will now allow the engineer’s work to be directly linked to the Land Registry. This ensures immediate information, which has been the case for months, delaying the implementation of court decisions in spatial change cases. It is essentially an important step on the road to implementing the single digital map.

All of the above digital services are going to be issued Immediately Joint Ministerial Decisions shortly.

The third set of measures concerns the strengthening of the cooperation between the Hellenic Land Registry and the professionals necessary for its successful completion.

For this purpose, a Register of accredited engineers is created to support the transformation of the Land Registry. It is planned in collaboration with the TEE to implement the institution of accredited Land Registrar, which is in force in most European countries and is already legally envisaged but has not yet been implemented. The Registry will significantly improve citizen service as procedures are significantly accelerated. Its implementation is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

At the same time, the Hellenic Land Registry will proceed to Planning Agreements with the local Bar Associations to support the transformation of the Land Registry, depending on the local needs of the Land Registry. At present, there are delays in the recruitment of lawyers and there is no support mechanism from the central office. Implementation of the programming contracts is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

By implementing the above measures, the Hellenic Land Registry closes with pathogens and malfunctions of the past, reinforces its structures with the necessary scientific staff and at the same time is armed with new digital services for the benefit of citizens and speeding up procedures.

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