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Amendment extends deadline for declaring illegal building conversions

Δημοσίευση 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:35 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Amendment extends deadline for declaring illegal building conversions
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An amendment tabled as a rider to a draft bill on road safety that was voted on by Parliament on Wednesday has extended until December 28, 2010 the deadline for submitting by post the supporting documentation for the declaration of semi-outdoor spaces illegally converted into indoor living space.

An amendment tabled as a rider to a draft bill on road safety that was voted on by Parliament on Wednesday has extended until December 28, 2010 the deadline for submitting by post the supporting documentation for the declaration of semi-outdoor spaces illegally converted into indoor living space.

The measure also increased the installments and time for repaying the special one-off fine imposed, increasing this to 10 installments over 30 months instead of six installments over 18 months for residential buildings. For buildings used in other ways, the fine can now be paid in eight installments spread out over 32 months.

Presenting the amendment, Alternate Environment Minister Nikos Sifounakis stressed that no back taxes would be charged for the buildings involved.

The minister said that for property tax purposes and for declaring the specifications of buildings, authorities will take into account the description of buildings before the declaration of the illegal conversions, which would also not be taken into account when calculating municipal rates.

Sifounakis stressed that this cleared up uncertainties over the previous months about the possible tax repercussions of the measure.

He reported a sharp rise in the number of applications with each passing week, exceeding 15-20 percent. Town planning departments had received 75,000 applications by the end of September and these had increased to 238,000 by the end of November.