Real Estate

Converting perpetual usufruct into ownership: Unconstitutional giveaway from local governments to private businesses

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has held that regulations giving economic entities the right to demand conversion of perpetual usufruct of land into ownership violate constitutional principles of social justice and local government autonomy.

Effectiveness of foreign notarial deeds in Polish reprivatisation cases

In reprivatisation cases, the claimants’ legal succession from the prior owners is sometimes determined from foreign notarial deeds. Their effectiveness in Poland depends on certain factors.

Is purchasing property in a bailiff’s auction worth the trouble?

Real estate auctioned off in execution proceedings may be tempting because of below-market prices. But a low price also has its price.

Maintaining of construction documentation by the owner of a building

Is it cause for concern if, with the passage of time, construction documentation for buildings and other structures gets mislaid?

After reprivatisation: Steps to take and accounts to settle

Regaining real estate through the reprivatisation process is the beginning of the stage of mutual settling of accounts with the former public holder of the property and the stage of rectifying the legal status of the property.

What if the State Treasury refuses to turn over real estate?

Entry in the land and mortgage register of the heirs of the former owner of nationalised or expropriated real estate does not always end the battle to regain the property.