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Amendment to the Polish Building Act: Simplification and Expedition of Procedures

On September 19, 2020, most provisions of an extensive amendment to the Construction Law took effect. The amendment introduces very important changes from the investors’ point of view, both those considering and already pursuing their investments, and those whose projects have long been completed. The new regulations were introduced via the Act of February 2020 … Continue Reading

Poland: Guidelines for Use of Retail and Hotel Facilities Upon Expected Lifting of Certain Trade Restrictions on 4 May 2020

The Polish government announced that on 4 May 2020, shopping centres, hotels, and DIY and furniture stores will be opened to the public subject to certain conditions and restrictions. Below, we highlight the guidelines published by the Polish Ministry of Regional Development for retail and hotel facilities.… Continue Reading

Poland: Unclear Rules of Temporary Expiry of Lease Rights and Obligations at Retail Facilities of More Than 2,000 m2

The Polish draft law commonly referred to as the “Anti-Crisis Shield” (adopted by the Sejm last weekend) poses many questions in regard to lease relations between landlords and tenants at retail facilities of more than 2,000 m2. Firstly, due to its ambiguous wording, there are doubts whether it covers all retail facilities or only those … Continue Reading

Poland: Lease Agreements at Retail Facilities of More Than 2,000 m2 in the Anti-Crisis Shield Act (Bill Adopted by Sejm)

During the weekend, the Polish Sejm (the lower house of parliament) passed the so-called “Anti-Crisis Shield Act” bill. The draft will now be debated in the Senate before being signed into law by the President and becoming effective on 1 April. The document may still undergo certain changes further down the legislative path.… Continue Reading

Poland: Closing Commercial and Service Establishments at Commercial Facilities Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic Versus Rent at Large Commercial Facilities

On March 13, 2020, the Minister of Health issued the Regulation on Declaring the State of Epidemic Threat within the Republic of Poland whereby, as of March 14, 2020, the following business operations (at commercial facilities with a sales area of more than 2,000 square meters) were temporarily prohibited:… Continue Reading

A Christmas gift from the Czech Government – Will the New Czech Building Act speed up the construction permitting process and help boost residential construction?

The Czech government has published draft of the new Building Act as a major tool to speed up the construction permitting process in the Czech Republic. The Czech Ministry of Regional Development set a deadline until Christmas 2019 for any comments or objections to the prepared draft bill. The bill was prepared not long after … Continue Reading

Improvements of Slovak Cadastral Act

On 1 October 2018, the amendment to the Slovak Cadastral Act came into effect. The Amendment introduced a number of provisions that speed up and improve the registration of real estate with the Cadastral Register. Selected provisions of the Amendment are outlined below.… Continue Reading

Material New Developments in the Reprivatization of Property in Warsaw

This post follows up on previous articles on the reprivatization of property in Warsaw and the governmental commission reviewing the legality of the process (see here and here). At a press conference on October 11, First Deputy Minister of Justice Patryk Jaki outlined the law that is to regulate property reprivatization in Poland. It is … Continue Reading

Real Property in Warsaw under Scrutiny

In our blog posting back in February 2017, we wrote that the Polish Parliament had adopted a very controversial piece of legislation appointing an ad hoc Parliamentary Commission to review and deal with “reprivatization” decisions in Warsaw. The term “reprivatization” refers to the real property that had previously been in private hands until the end … Continue Reading

Real Property Reprivatization Decisions in Warsaw May Be Revoked

Legislation recently passed by the Polish Parliament grants a Parliamentary Commission the right to rescind reprivatization decisions previously issued with respect to real property in the city of Warsaw. Such a rescission would remove the legal grounds for return of the property to the ex-owner or its legal successor, which could lead to seizure of … Continue Reading

Real Estate Acquisition: Factors to Consider Before a Transaction

The legal rules of real estate acquisition in Hungary differ dependent on whether the acquisition is for arable or non-arable land (residential and commercial properties), by Hungarian residents or non-residents and whether by natural or legal entities. Such diversity in the regulation is due to the fact that real estate is viewed as limited in … Continue Reading
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