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Selling Property In Bulgaria - The Skitsa

The skitsa is one of the documents that is required by the notary for the registering of the notary deed, and it contains the detailed information about the location of the real

estate, its address (the address and the location in Bulgaria are not only the same), its cadastre identifier, its status, its area, about neighbour real estates and owners. If any owner of a property in Bulgaria decides to sell his property (no matter if the owner is a physical person or a legal entity) he will need to receive a tax evaluation certificate issued by the Municipality where the property is situated, and the skitsa of the real estate is issued by the Geodesy, cartography and cadastre agency.

 

The skitsa is issued by the Geodesy, cartography and cadastre agency. In order to receive one the owner of the real estate (or his or her representative with the notarized POA) has to visit the Cadastre agency of the town or of the region where the real estate is situated and to file the complete package of documents required by the agency. Depending on the region it takes from 7 to 14 days the skitsa to be issued. The Cadastre agency tax for the issuing of the skitsa is about 20 Euro.

The skitsa contains the detailed information about the location of the real estate, its address (the address and the location in Bulgaria are not only the same), its cadastre identifier, its status, its area, about neighbour real estates and owners. This document is required since the notary has to describe the real estate exactly the way it is described in the skitsa

The skitsa is valid only during 6 months after the date of issuing (it is so because the cadastre map of Bulgaria is still developing and from time to time there appear new additions and changes in the map).

The original skitsa is given to the notary after the title deed is checked and signed by the seller and the buyer sends the original skitsa (along with originals of the title deed) to the district court where the notary deed is registered. The notary usually keeps a copy of the skitsa in notary's records.

When the buyer receives his copy of the title deed (registered both at the notary records and in the court records) this title deed may or may not have a copy of the skitsa attached to the deed as it is for the Notary to decide whether the copy of the skitsa will be attached to the title deed.

Article courtesy of Ksenia Ievleva from Bulgaria Legal