Buying our house illegally
Hi,Buying our house illegally, through no fault of our own. I don’t know if this helps anyone out there who has had similar difficulties but here goes. When we bought our farmhouse in Abruzzo 2004, the notary failed to take notice of a law that had been passed in 2001 which stipulated that our type of house must have a minimum of 3 hectares of land attached to it, where we, in fact, had only 1500 square meters, because we have less than the minimum amount of land, as required by the law, we cannot now sell it.Our first option would have been to pursue the Notary, but, as I am advised by our lawyer, this would probably take a minimum 5 to 6 years and cost at least 10,000 to 20,000 euro with, of course, no guarantee of success at the end of it.Next we could try and purchase separately the balance of land required that surrounded us, the land owner was quite clear, no chance.Finally, the only other option has been to try and find a solution with the help of our comune where they may be willing to make some modification to the law in the province.If we had been on our own in this I can’t even begin to imagine the outcome, but in a way we got lucky having discovered there are at least 10 other property owners in our area with the identical problem so there is pressure on the comune to help rectify the situation for us all. But it’s already been going on for over 2 years now and no end yet in site. For anyone concerned they too may have fallen foul of this law I believe it comes under the following heading: Copia dell’art.24 del P.T.P. approvato con Delibera Prov.le n.20. del 30/03/2001. As far as I am aware it only refers to rural farmhouse properties purchased since 2001 and any notary (except the one we used) should be able to advise if firstly, your property comes into the relevant category affected by this law and secondly, if your final act complies with it.