Reviews Italy. Homeowners of one-euro houses consider themselves cheated

16:40  01 march  2021
16:40  01 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La commune de Mussomeli, en Sicile, a participé à ce programme de maisons à un euro (illustration). © Clemensfranz / Wikimedia commons The municipality of Mussomeli, in Sicily, has participated in this one-euro house program (illustration).

A program for selling houses for one euro, set up by several Italian municipalities in order to revitalize their villages and renovate dilapidated buildings, sees its development complicated by the actions of certain owners or beneficiaries. The latter say they have not been informed and sometimes struggle to produce a title deed.

The owners of some houses put up for sale for one euro , in Italy , claim not to have been notified of the marketing of their real estate .

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Dozens of municipalities across the country had offered up abandoned and dilapidated homes for a nominal price, reports CNN . The aim was to make the municipalities more lively and to allow the renovation of dilapidated buildings.

These offers have aroused the enthusiasm of many Italian and foreign buyers. The mayors of these cities have assured that they have done their utmost to contact the owners of the houses concerned or their heirs before finalizing the transactions.

However, the messages were not always delivered to their recipients. Those who were warned also sometimes encountered difficulties in asserting their rights.

Difficulties in proving their right of ownership

Some beneficiaries living abroad or having little knowledge of Italian law have thus had difficulty in proving their right of ownership and in providing official documents attesting to it.

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Italian owners have encountered the same problems. Real estate sales concluded informally to avoid the payment of taxes are indeed not uncommon in Italy, particularly in rural areas.

Among the owners who consider themselves cheated are a Canadian and an Argentinian family claiming to own homes in Castropignano, in the center of the country, and Mussomeli, in Sicily, respectively.

“There is a large community of descendants of our inhabitants who live in South America,” testified Toti Nigrelli, Mayor of Mussomeli. They showed an interest in their roots when the sales information started to circulate ”.

Faced with legal difficulties, several Italian villages have stopped their one-euro sales program. Others recalled that it is the legal responsibility of owners to maintain their property.

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