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Land Registry in Italy

Land Registry in Italy

Updated on Monday 18th April 2016

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After the purchase of a property in Italy, the person who has bought the property must register it with the local Land Registry, which will testify the transfer of ownership. This legal obligation may be performed by the public notary who handled the buying/selling procedures. After a foreign person has purchased a property in Italy, he or she should obtain a certified copy of the title deed. Another copy will be kept by the public notary. The seller will notify the local police about the sale through a form.
Before concluding the purchasing contract of a  property, the notary obtains information from the Land Registry that is required for signing the contract. The Land Registry will offer a certificate on the property regarding the real owner and it will also testify if there are any other parties involved that may have rights on that property. Information on an Italian property can be found at the local Cadastre that has a specific database; our team of Italian lawyers can provide you with more information on this matter. 


Registering a property with the Italian Land Register

After a property has been registered with the Land Registry, the legal deed is enforceable towards all third parties. Before registration, the deed is enforceable only for the parties involved. The contracts for buying/selling a property are public after they are registered, according to the Italian law.
At the Land Registry, you can find out technical information about a property. The properties may be private homes, public buildings, commercial or industrial spaces; they are located in different types of zones in a city: residential areas, old town, agricultural zones etc.
The Land Registry provides information on the value of the property as well, which is divided into 11 classes; amongst them, the authorities refer to exclusive or civil buildings, to rural or detached properties or to offices and studios.  
Persons who need information about a property they want to buy, can ask for information on the matter from the Land Registry. The officials from this institution are required, according to the Italian law, to offer public information about a certain property, our lawyers can offer you more details on the matter. 


Taxation of properties in Italy 

The Italian authorities have introduced in 2016 new regulations in terms of taxation of Italian properties. As such, persons buying a principal residency (prima casa) will no longer be required to pay two taxes: Imposta Principale Propria and Tassa sui Servizi Indivisibili. 
The regulation is applicable to persons who have Italian residency. Individuals interested in purchasing a property in Italy should know that the registration at the Land Registry also consists of paying a tax of 1% of the value of the transaction, to which the buyer is liable to. 
If you need more information about the Land Registry in Italy or you intend to buy a property in this country, you may contact our law firm in Italy.
Our attorneys in Italy will offer legal assistance to foreign entrepreneurs and natural persons interested in purchasing buildings or lands here for investments or housing purposes.


  • Mr Bakshish Singh 2015-03-18

    We are planning to buy residential property at Isola della Scala town near to Verona and please provide the information and details of the local property lawyer/attorney in that n town/area. We are British citizens and live in the U.K.

  • Maria 2016-03-18

    I am interested in purchasing a house in a smaller town in Italy, but I do not have an Italian residency.

  • Emma 2017-01-11

    Hi, I'm trying to find out if my grandparents have any ties in property in Italy. Could you please advise. There is a high chance they do. Thanks, Emma

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