Draft law could trans­fer con­trol of un­used build­ings

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Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and pri­vate com­pa­nies may soon get a chance to take over aban­doned or empty build­ings if a new bill drafted by the Environment Min­istry is ap­proved.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posed law, the in­ter­ested party can go to court to seek con­trol of the prop­erty for 50 years. To do so, it must pro­vide ev­i­dence that the build­ing is aban­doned, ob­tain a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil de­ci­sion, warn the prop­erty owner, and de­scribe the in­tended use. If the court gives the green light, the new man­ager must carry out its plan within four years.

A build­ing qual­i­fies as aban­doned if it has not been rented out for one year and and is with­out elec­tric­ity.

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