You can trust the Rethymno Home Design team to carry out all legalizations regarding any irregularities that you may have with your real estate.

We are experts on all the legal requirements and produce highly accurate studies so that any irregularities that you may have in your buildings are legalized in the quickest and most efficient way possible. This ensures that you can transfer ownership and apply for building permission with the minimum of problems.


Legalization of illegal buildings according to law N4491/2017

The legalization and sorting of irregularities with any real estate is extremely important for:

  • Transfer of ownership/sale of the property
  • Increasing the market value of the property
  • Connecting the property up to the common networks such as water supply/electricity etc

The process of legalization is as follows:

  • Measuring and surveying of the current situation of the property.
  • Calculation of the fine due to the state.
  • Electronic request
  • Obtaining the appropriate proof of payment
  • Survey of all floors and fronts.
  • Topographical Survey and mapping.
  • Inputting all data and requests.

The laws concerning construction were often vague and open to interpretation in multiple different ways, and checks were often few and far between. As a result of this most, if not all construction carried out in the 90s has some irregularities which would need legalizing.

From 2010 onward a number of laws were put into place that allowed for the legalization of all irregularities.

In summary, the main points are as follows:

№ 3843/2010. This law takes into consideration all the illegalities that have to do with the legal volume of a building, specifically to do with the legalization of balconies, attics and basements, which, according to the building permit were classified as secondary areas of the building but, in actual fact where used as primary areas or had been converted as such.

№ 4014 / 2011. This law takes into consideration all illegalities, regardless whether they are included in the primary volume of the building or not and which were not covered by a building permit. As such it allowed for the legalization of entirely illegal constructions which were built without any permit whatsoever. This law was later cancelled as it was deemed unconstitutional.

№ 4178 / 2013. This law replaced the previous 4014/2011 Law. It is essentially a modification of the previous law and continues to be used to legalize irregularities and illegal construction. It is still in effect today and some of the most interesting points are outlined below.

№ 4491/2017. This is the 5th law in effect concerning irregularities and illegal construction. The primary point of this law is that it reduced the cost of the fines in certain categories of buildings and for certain vulnerable population groups.