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Declare Your Property in Chania, Crete at the Greek Cadastre

22 Apr 2020

Legal, by Broosco Team

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Although covid-19 health crisis has disorganized everyday life significantly, ironically it could be a good opportunity to deal with some pending personal, family even property issues and work so that some of these are dealt with, even prepare ourselves and get the relevant paperwork in order on time. One of these property matters which will surely concern most all us who own property in Chania Crete, is declare this property at the Greek Cadastre.

WHAT IS THE CADASTRE

The Greek Cadastre was established in order to create a consistent real estate property database so that the Land Registries, operating so far as the property archives in Greece, are gradually replaced. The Greek Cadastre is characterized by a different way of property registration based on the property’s identification number and its mark on the cadastral map and not on the property owner’s name.

Gradually the whole country will be included in the cadastral map and as far as Crete and more specifically Chania region is concerned, only certain areas –basically towns and larger settlements (Kounoupidiana, Mournies, Nea Kydonia, Nerokourou, Perivolia, Souda and Chania) -have been already registered while the property owners of the bigger part of the province will be subject to the obligation of declaring their property at the cadastre in 2021.

HOW DO I DECLARE MY PROPERTY RIGHT

The Property Declaration can be submitted either at the Cadastral Survey Office or through the official site of the Greek Cadastre www.ktimatologio.gr. In both cases you will need:

  • Your property deed
  • The certificate that your deed has been registered at the land registry office
  • A topographic diagram (if available)
  • A copy of your identity card or your passport
  • Any official document showing your Greek tax number
  • The receipt of payment of the cadastral fee. In the first case, the fee is calculated at the cadastral survey office and when you pay it through your bank account you present the proof of payment to the office and you receive the evidence of the submitted declaration while in the second case you pay on line and you receive the submission proof directly.

WHAT’S NEXT

After this first stage, all cadastral declarations will be processed and the exact demarcation of land parcels will also take place so that in the end the interim cadastral tables are formed. These tables will be posted at the Cadastral Offices and the property owners will receive a temporary extract of their property’s registration and will be allowed to submit objections to any errors or oversights.  It is noted that if you wish to transfer your property before the temporary cadastral data is made public no documents or certificates are required related to the cadastral procedure. However, after that, a certificate attesting that you have declared your property will be required by the notary.

ADVICE

Declaring your property to the Cadastre is therefore a rather simple procedure as long as:

  • You are informed on time for the submission of your declaration
  • You collect the justification documents required early enough so that you manage to complete within the set deadline and you won’t have to look for these at the last moment
  • You seek for the experts’ assistance (your engineer and your lawyer) so that the declaration form is property filled in and your property rights are correctly shown on the cadastral database and the cadastral map as well.

WHEN SHOULD I DECLARE MY PROPERTY IN CHANIA

Officially the procedure for the submission of the cadastral declarations will begin in 2021 for the areas situated in Chania mainland. It would be wise however to prepare your file, confirm that your deed and your property plan are available and check on the cost involved.


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