Greek Notaries Public Return to Work, Approve Digital Property Transfer System

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Greek notaries public ended their abstention from duties and returned to work on Monday following a decision made in their extraordinary general assembly meeting. They approved the use of a digital property transfer system set up by the government on January 1, as reported by ANA.

The introduction of the digital registration system through the platform https://akinita.gov.gr allows for same-day responses to property transfers, eliminating the previous multi-month delays associated with bureaucratic processing. Both citizens and notaries public can utilize this platform, which effectively reduces red tape by eliminating the requirement for four documents, including proof of real estate tax (TAP) payment, as well as the need for a summary of a property contract. Furthermore, the system streamlines the processing time and eliminates the need to wait in line at the national cadaster office.

In summary, the citizen's process involves three steps: logging in as a citizen and accepting an invitation from the notary public, selecting the property to be sold by the current owner or co-signee, and paying the fees as a buyer and entering the details in the cadaster.

The government, through an announcement on January 3, urged notaries public to make use of the platform, guaranteeing that transfers would be concluded within a working day. Deputy Minister of Digital Governance, Constantinos Kyranakis, stated that the government presented the application to the Association of Athens Notaries Public on January 2 and would be doing the same in Thessaloniki on January 3.

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