Draft law could transfer control of unused buildings
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.