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Buying a Property

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If you are going to buy a property, you must be aware of your obligations as a property owner.

Please observe that any debt concerning property tax follows the property. This means that if the previous owner of the property did not pay the property tax - you as a new owner will be liable for this tax! Therefore it is very important to consider any unpaid taxes in the sales contract.

Obligations of a property owner

As owner of a property you have certain obligations:

• You must register your property in the Municipal Property Tax Register
• Allow authorized officials to enter land and building to collect data for valuation of the property.
• Report to the Municipal property tax office if you make improvements to the house that can affect the value or change of use.
• Pay your property tax every year
• Pay interest and penalties if your payment is late

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Rights of a property owner

As owner of a property you also have certain rights:

• If you think there is something wrong wit the tax or the value of the property you have a right to appeal.
• You have a right to request a revaluation of your property if it has suffered damage due to a catastrophe (for example floods, fire, earthquake etc).

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Why is it important to pay Property Tax?

By paying your property tax you participate in the efforts to improve quality of life in your municipality.

Property tax is needed for investments to improve roads, water supplies, sewerage, school buildings, etc.

Everybody who pays their property tax is taking an important part in the work with developing your municipality and therefore the whole country!

By paying property tax, you make a difference!