Presentation of applications

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1. LR territorial organisation. In your LR system, applications of registrations or documents for registration must be presented, lodged or taken to:

Greek LR system is territorially organised, meaning that there are almost 300 offices covering different areas of the country. Each office has an exclusive jurisdiction over the specific area that it covers. In this sense, all documents to be registered relating to real estate on a specific area must only be presented to the competent office.

 2. Please, indicate those means whereby one can present applications or documents in your LR Offices and point the main features.

Documents to be registered and applications for information can only be presented in person or by means of a representative. They can also be sent by mail, but it advisable to do so only in cases when the exact time of registration is not so important, since reception by mail cannot assure LR priority.

To be noted that Greek law does not provide for electronic presentation of deeds.

3. Does the fact of the presentation of the document (or application for registration) lead any type or entry or annotation in the LR Office books?

For every document presented in the Land Registry there is an entry in the Book of Incoming Documents veryfying the mere fact of the presentation. This entry is important as the serial number of the deed determines LR priority. However, it does not mean that the document has been registered.

The following stage of LR procedure is the legal control by the Land Regsitrar who decides whether the deed meets the criteria set by law in order for it to produce legal effects and to be registered. In the majority of Land Registries (meaning in Land Registries which function without cadastral data) registration must take place within 24 hours following presentation. In case the Land Reristrar decides the deed should not be registered, he/she rejects the deed by means of a written justified act. In LR operating the new cadastral system (the distinction of LR is explained in the Formal Publicity Fact Sheet, as well as in Section VIII of the present Fact Sheet), the law provides for a 5 day period whithin which the Land Registrar can deny registration of a deed.

4. In case of presentation based on temporary or provisional entries, please point specifically deadlines of them and also main features.

In any case, Greek law does not provide for a temporary or provisional entry. If a deed is denied registration within the above mentioned deadlines, the entry is deleted retrospectively from the Book of Incoming Documents and, thus, priority order is correspondingly altered.

5. Is the payment of taxes a necessary condition or prerequisite for making the registration?

Under Greek law, the payment of taxes is a prerequisite for LR registration. In case the deed to be registered is not accompanied by a certified copy of the tax declaration, the Land Regisatrar is obliged to reject it.