Revolutionizing Property Records: Proposed Cadastral Law Changes Impacting You

The world of cadastral laws may seem distant and complex, but the proposed amendments to two vital laws in Serbia could have a significant impact on your property rights and the accuracy of records. In this article, we delve into how these changes might revolutionize the way property is documented, from addressing misleading data to streamlining infrastructure records. Discover what these proposed amendments mean for you, the everyday property owner.

  1. Phantom Floors and Misleading Data

Geodetic Organizations’ License Penalty In a notable move, the proposed amendments to the Law on State Survey and Cadastre include the introduction of a penalty that could lead to the permanent revocation of a geodetic organization’s license. This penalty will be imposed when an organization provides false information or depicts non-existent changes in their geodetic works report.

A New Cadastre for Infrastructure One of the most significant changes is the creation of a new cadastre called the Cadastre of Infrastructure. This cadastre is designed to address the issue of “phantom floors” and misleading data, aiming to provide an accurate and comprehensive account of infrastructure across Serbia.

  1. Addressing the Issue of “Phantom Floors”

The practice of misrepresenting facts in geodetic works reports, particularly related to building structures, has raised concerns. Instead of accurately representing the real conditions on-site, some geodetic organizations submit inaccurate data. For instance, they might show a building with two floors as having three in their geodetic works report.

  1. Establishing the Cadastre of Infrastructure

The Cadastre of Infrastructure, often referred to as the successor to the Cadastre of Utility Networks, will now encompass various types of infrastructure and underground objects. This integration into an integrated Geodetic and Cadastral Information System allows for better space planning, damage prevention during construction work, and other cost-saving and efficiency advantages.

  1. Changes in Cadastral Income Calculations

Recent changes in tax regulations have led to adjustments in cadastral income calculations. Agricultural and forestry income is no longer subject to a tax based on cadastral income, and the basis for property tax on agricultural and forest land is now the value of the real estate, rather than cadastral income.

The proposed amendments suggest removing the calculation of cadastral income from the scope of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGZ).

  1. Resolving the Issue of Ex Officio Registration

Ex officio registration presents a challenge due to short deadlines and the need to establish facts and collect evidence. The proposed amendments address this issue by recommending that ex officio registration and short deadlines should only apply if no resolution or compliance verification is required.

  1. Renaming the Law for Clarity

As part of the amendments, the Law on Registration in the Cadastre of Real Estate and Utility Networks is suggested to be renamed to the Law on Registration in the Cadastre of Real Estate and the Cadastre of Infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of infrastructure registration.

PS. These amendments reflect the evolving needs and challenges in the field of cadastre and aim to improve the accuracy, transparency, and efficiency of the system while addressing the issues caused by non-compliance and misuse.

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