Real estate acquisition by foreigners in Croatia

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Both natural and legal foreigners are allowed to acquire Croatian real estate. Foreign nationals may acquire ownership of real estate in the territory of the Republic of Croatia only if certain lawful requirements are met.

The difference between EU and non-EU nationals

Nationals of EU member states can, without any obstacle, acquire real estate in Croatia only if it is considered as building land and everything connected with this land (house, apartment, etc.). On the other hand, non-EU nationals can only acquire ownership of a property in Croatia if there is reciprocity between the Republic of Croatia and the state of which the real estate purchaser is a national. If reciprocity exists, nationals of non-EU member states may acquire ownership only if approved by the Ministry of Justice.

Under certain conditions, both EU and non-EU nationals may exceptionally acquire agricultural land as their property, and that only lawfully, e.g. through inheritance. Moreover, they are subject to further legal restrictions, such as in regard of the acquisition of land in protected areas (nature parks, nature reserves, etc.).

In Croatia, notaries have to confirm the purchase contract with the signature certification, meaning they have to confirm that the signature of the seller is genuine. This procedure, including entry in the Land Registry, may be conducted by the lawyer. The procedure at the Land Registry is quite formal, which is why it would be advisable to seek the assistance of a lawyer because the acquisition of real estate is effective only after entry in the Land Register.

Foreigners are allowed to sell their property without any restriction, regardless of whether it consists only of building land and / or agricultural land also.