Consideration in Real Estate Transactions: Recent Amendments

New provisions (in force from 01/07/2011) were incorporated in the Notaries and Notarial Business Act (NNBA).
According to the new paragraph 8 of Article 25, NNBA, when performing legal acts for the creation, transfer, amendment or termination of property rights in real estates for consideration, the parties are obliged to declare in the contract itself that the price specified in it is the agreed consideration. Pursuant to the new para. 9 of Article 25, NNBA, where the total consideration due under the contract exceeds BGN 10,000, any payment of that consideration must be effected either to a special bank account of the notary, or to a bank account chosen by the parties.
A new Article 25a, NNBA institutes such notary public-held accounts.
The terms on which payments by the parties are made to the special notary bank account and the deposits are then disbursed are set out in a written agreement between the notary and the parties to the contract.
Such accounts are protected from enforcement for obligations of the notary.
These new provisions correspond to recommendations of the European Commission to Member State governments to legislate for the prevention of money laundering through property transactions, as well as for tackling corruption and property fraud. The changes also prevent concealing the real consideration. In turn, this cures evasion of local taxes payable upon acquisition of real estates and improves the quality of market information.
Less obviously, the changes in the NNBA would help in proving the authenticity of effected payments, as well as the receipt of the agreed price by the party to the contract. This should reduce litigation, enhance the legal certainty of the property transactions and the legitimate expectations of the interested persons.

Recent work:

Železárni Veselí

We have provided full legal support to the establishment and local operations of the Czech-headquartered steel holding company Železárny Veselí. We have acted on behalf of the client on the following major assignments:

  • Incorporating the joint venture structure of four Bulgarian companies in which the Czech investor holds 76% of the share capital
  • Drafting the agreements required for the operation of four photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 20 MWp
  • Representing the borrower on the financing of the four Bulgarian companies by a Slovak bank
  • Providing litigation advice on the feasibility of challenging the recently-introduced access fee for photovoltaic power plants in the country.

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