Stakeholders in property registration

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1.    Who are the main users of property information?

It can be said with certainty that the main users of property information are the citizens requiring such information in various proceedings, acquiring certain social rights such as the entitlement to child bonus etc. However, other larger users are the State and its bodies, banks, insurance companies, public notaries, attorneys and real property agents.

2.    How is land registry information stored? Is it in electronic or paper format?

In the Republic of Croatia, all land registration information is stored in electronic, digital format and there are no manually kept land registers as of this year i.e. 2013. However, if one requires a piece of historical information than he or she should go to the court in charge and seek a history extract from the manually kept land registers.

3.    How is that information obtained?

The information from land registers is available on the internet provided the number of the cadastral parcel or the number of a land registry file is known. It is also available at the land registry offices and land registration courts. According to the new organisation, all data for entire Croatia may be obtained at one place because all the data has been uploaded in computers.

4.    Is the register open to the public?

Yes, over the Internet at the website of the Ministry of Justice.

5.    If not, in what circumstances is access to title information granted?

Not applicable, see answer 4.

6.    Is there a fee for the information?

For now, the information obtained over the internet is completely free of charge, the only cost is the cost of the internet operator.

7.    What information is provided on the register?

The information is provided about the owner of a real property, its size, name of cadastral parcel, whether there are any charges and for whose benefit they are recorded, whether a registration application has been filed for a respective land registry file or whether there are unresolved cases within the file.

8.    If more information is available “off register” in what circumstances can it be accessed?

9.     Is any information provided free of charge?

As already said, all the information on the internet is provided free of charge. However, if a party requires an official document then he or she has to, for now, go to a land registration court and ask for an official extract from the land registers.

10.    Is it available online?

Yes.

11.    How is payment made?

Payment is made by collecting administrative taxes or by paying into the State budget.

12.    How long does it take to receive property information?

As already said, the information on the internet is for information purposes only and that a party can obtain such information in real time immediately.

13.    If a paper/certified copy of title information is required, how long does it take to issu

If a certified copy of the information is required, then, also as a rule, it should be issued at present immediately and without delay. However in more complicated situations, this can take up to a few days.

14.    Is the information linked to a map?

Not at present but this linking is planned in the future system: the Real Property Registration and Cadastre Joint Information System.

15.    How is the map accessed at the same time as the request for title information?

The information on the map may be issued by the cadastre so this data can be obtained immediately.

16.    What other services are provided by your organisation (for example, project management for registration of state owned property/local councils, other departments, users of public sector information, external training and professional development) if any?

There are no other services.

17.    What other uses are being made, if any, of information held on the register?