Real Estate: The 4 open fronts and the pre-election promises – Correo Económico

By | May 15, 2023

A series of outstanding issues affecting 7,200,000 homeowners must be dealt with following the elections for the next Finance Minister if, of course, a government is formed.

At the same time, from the end of this month, citizens will start paying the ENFIA installments that have already been included in the settlement notes found in their personal account in the Integrated Asset Information System ( ).

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At the same time, if New Democracy wins the elections and forms a government, it will have to implement its basic pre-election announcements of both reducing ENFIA by 10%, as long as the property is insured against natural disasters (earthquake, flood, fire), as well as gradually reduce the standard of living by an average of 30% over a four-year period. In the event that SYRIZA wins the elections and forms a government, in the program it has presented there is no pre-election commitment that refers to the front of property taxes or presumptions.

As long as no government comes out of the polls on May 21 and the country is brought back to elections on July 2, the closing of the pending issues on the real estate front will be launched after the summer if not with the arrival of the new year.

property values

For several months, appeals have been filed – objections from approximately 170 municipalities out of a total of 332 throughout the territory against the latest increases in the objective values ​​of real estate. The Ministry of Finance, with a provision included in a tax bill, gave the possibility to those Municipalities that considered that the prices of the new tax area are much higher than what they themselves estimated, they had to file objections and be assessed from scratch. . The objections were presented on February 6 but so far the competent commission has not been called to evaluate them.

According to reliable information, the changes that are decided will be implemented with the new year, which will affect ENFIA 2024, but also transfers, paternity benefits, inheritances that will arise from the new year.

The values ​​of the area

On the other hand, before the end of 2023, it is expected that the new zonal values ​​will have been determined in thousands of areas that still remain within the plan but outside the objective determination. The number of new zones emerging and covering the entire territory along with the existing ones is expected to rise to 2,167 as originally calculated. However, competent actors from the Ministry of Finance point out that even in this case, even if the new zone prices are determined within this year, their application will be effective from the beginning of the next.

With the culmination of the imposition of zonal prices throughout the territory, it is estimated that from 2024 the ambitious plan of the Ministry of Finance will begin for the automatic adjustment of the objective values ​​of the properties on an annual basis. This automatic mechanism will be based on a new Information System that automatically extracts data from various “sources” on changes in real estate prices, such as purchase and sale contracts, leases, expert appraiser analysis, the Bank of Greece, the Royal Local estate Services and other agencies.

off-plan plots

Another serious “thorn” that, although it was seen that it would be resolved before the elections, finally did not happen, has to do with the thousands of landowners, but also investors in areas outside the plan that cannot proceed, after the decision of the Council of State, in issuing a building permit in the event that your plot of land does not “front” a legally recognized street. It is estimated that this decision will affect approximately 9 out of 10 off-plan homes and to resolve it, a legislative norm must be presented to Parliament that resolves the issue by restoring the buildability of the plots until 2025, the date on which the planning of the space will be finalized. planning is expected to be completed. The freezing of all building possibilities in unplanned areas worries thousands of owners who had bought plots with the logic that they would acquire buildability by derogation. In fact, the technical chamber proposes maintaining the right to build until the completion of the TPS (Local Urban Planning Plans) and EPS (Special Urban Planning Plans) in 2025 for all buildings that were buildable before 2003.

pre-election announcements

The phasing out of 30% of life presumptions will affect millions of homeowners as the Zone Rate and area determine presumptions that can generate additional taxes for hundreds of thousands of citizens. At the same time, the 10% reduction in ENFIA announced by Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis after the elections affects those owners who insure their property annually against natural disasters.

Homeowners with mortgage loans will benefit from the measure’s application, since home insurance is mandatory for borrowers. According to the data, of a total of 6,371,901 homes, 1,074,050 are insured.

On the other hand, SYRIZA announced the institutionalization of the rules for short-term rental (Airbnb) which is one of the main causes of overvalued rental and purchase prices. In particular, short-term rental activities (Airbnb) for legal persons (businesses) will not be allowed because they hide a tourist product, while natural persons will be allowed for short-term rental activities for 2-3 properties/VAT of the owner and/or manager.

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