Self-build projects in Italy. Living on-site. What’s the law?

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Self-build projectsIn pursuit of their Italian dream home, some people decide to build a house on land they have purchased. If you are thinking of self-build projects in Italy, we would always advise you to seek independent legal advice before signing any paperwork to do with land-purchase.

Even, if on paper, the land you are contemplating buying has outline planning permission, actually getting a building project off the ground in Italy can be extremely complex. You will need to navigate a maze of red tape; zoning and planning laws, environmental restrictions, building permits and regulations – to list but a few. Read more

property auctions IN ITALY

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property auctions IN ITALYProperty Auctions in Italy…

… a few facts and tips.

An unfinished hotel and empty swimming pool sit sadly on the lush hillside of Pitigliano in Tuscany, where they should have welcomed the holidaymakers who flock to central Italy. The Tosteto spa was seized in 2010, according to a local court order. Since then, six auctions have failed to attract a buyer for the Tosteto spa, partly because the original developer still holds rights to the land.

For a seventh auction this month, the valuation for the Tosteto spa has been cut to 4.6 million euros from 8.9 million euros at its first auction. There is already an eighth auction scheduled for October, suggesting the sellers are not hopeful. Read more

What you absolutely must understand before you buy a property in Italy!

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What you absolutely must understand before you buy a property in Italy!

before you buy a property in Italy

When you visit a country for a holiday the cultural differences are charming and exciting and ultimately do not affect your life. This changes dramatically when you move to, or invest financially, in that country.

You may have already bought a property in your own country. Maybe you are English and the estate agent passed all relevant information to your lawyer to process the purchase, maybe you are American and your independent buying agent was fully qualified to deal with the process and very aware of the ease with which litigation takes place in the USA. In both cases, the most risk free and secure method for you, as a buyer has become the assumed and probably the only way in which you can purchase that property. We take for granted that our interests are so well protected that it is very difficult to unknowingly make a mistake. Read more

Defects and non-compliances in Italian property purchases

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Defects and non-compliancesItalian property purchases – What’s the legal position when it comes to defects and non-compliances?

During our legal careers, my father and I have dealt with all sorts of seemingly improbable scenarios. The couple from Scotland who discovered they had bought a property that didn’t actually legally belong to the vendor. The German family, who arrived in Tuscany for their first holiday at their recently purchased dream property to find the previous owner’s brother and family in residence. It transpired that the brother was a co-owner of the property, who had no idea the property had been ‘sold’. Read more

Selling properties in Italy? What you should know.

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20Selling properties in Italy can often be a difficult and lengthy process, so it is important to make things easier for yourself by preparing and understanding what’s involved. The first stage is to put the property on the market, either as a private sale or though an estate agency.

If you are considering appointing an Italian real estate agent, it is important to ensure that the agent is qualified and registered with the local Chamber of Commerce in full compliance with Italian law. Read more

Renovating a Property in Italy – Avoid Common Mistakes

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Renovating a Property in Italy – How To Avoid Common Mistakes

Buying and renovating a Property in Italy is one of the most common scenario in our country. Be sure to avoid any pitfalls.

 Renovating a Property in ItalyBuying a Property in Italy

Spring has arrived so it would be timely to discuss a common issue I encounter every year; foreign buyers being seduced by an inexpensive house and an idyllic location. Buying and renovating a property in Italy is an all-too‐common scenario in the Bel Paese. It is also an all‐too‐common scenario for these projects to end in heartache. Unfortunately, I usually don’t get to meet these buyers until they have spent far more than they expected and need to fix the problems they are experiencing. If you are thinking of taking on a house renovation project in Italy this year, taking on an Italian lawyer at the outset will save you time, money and anguish.
What are some of the common mistakes buyers make and how can they avoid them? Read more

Changing layout of internal spaces does not require building permission

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Power of Attorney

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ImmagineAs a solicitor, I am often engaged to act on behalf of my clients in very important legal matters. My clients trust me, my knowledge and experience to handle their affairs by giving me a Power of Attorney. You may have heard of a Power of Attorney, but do you know exactly what its purpose is or when it is used?

In order to shed a little light on the subject, here are a few basic facts about a Power of Attorney together with the legal ramifications as they pertain to purchasing and/or inheriting real estate property in Italy Read more

Hidden Defects in an Italian Property

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Hidden Defects in an Italian Property… Buyers Beware!

Where exactly do you stand if you discover major hidden defects with your Italian property following completion? You move into your dream Italian home only to find that the condition of the property is significantly worse than anticipated.

hidden defects

This is exactly the nightmare scenario the Wright family in Lazio found themselves in. The day after moving in, the family discovered serious water penetration into several rooms in the house, notably the kitchen and living room.

Following their discovery, the Wrights raised the matter with the previous owners, who denied there was a serious problem; the particulars of the property had provided no information on its condition, and the Public Notary also considered that given the Wrights had signed a legally binding Proposta d’Acquisto declaring that they were purchasing the property ‘in condition as seen’, then there was nothing he could do. Read more

Prevention Is Better Than Cure… Seek Legal Experts

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Prevention is always better than cure, therefore, always seek legal experts.

You’ve seen a few Italian properties online that you really like the look of. You want to book flights to Italy, organise rental car and accommodation to see the properties for yourself. But how do you know if the properties you’ve set your heart on seeing are legally safe and structurally sound? Before being advertised with a real estate agent, was a survey conducted? Have the legalities been checked?

Be sure to seek legal experts, before purchasing a property.

seek legal experts 

We can provide an independent and professional pre-purchase property background check service. That way, you can avoid problems such as buying a property with shared title deeds, other legal and financial complications, structural or planning permission issues. Knowing exactly where you stand before you view properties, you increase your chance of finding the right property first time and avoiding wasted trips and the expense of repeat visits and false starts.

We also provide a pre-sales property background check service for owners preparing to put Italian property on the real estate market. Having all the legal and structural details as part of your property sales package offers vendors a competitive advantage when promoting property for sale.

Please contact us if you would like assistance.

Italian Property Background Check

Our independent professional legal and structural advice will save you time and money before you buy or sell a property in Italy.

Ask about our pre-purchase and pre-sale services

Certificate of Habitability

Title Deeds / Legal Ownership

Bad debts

Land Registry

Planning Permission

Structural Survey

Geological Survey

Adverse Possession