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BUYING A HOUSE IN ITALY

Legal investigations


The notary is chosen by you the buyer but both you and the vendor meet in front of the notary to sign any legally binding documents. You pay him on the day you sign the rogito/act of sale: the amount you pay the notary is approx 1-2.5% of the declared value of the property stated on your rogito.

A notary represents the Italian Government. His role is to:

  • carry out legal searches to verify the identities of both parties.
  • make sure the property is correctly registered at the land registry  before sale 
  • collect purchase taxes and notary fees at the signing of the Rogito
  • update Land Registry entries (at Conservatoria dei Registri Immobiliari) after completion
  • draw up all legal documents pertaining to the purchase of a property

He carries out:

  • visura ipotecaria where he checks that there are no debts or mortgages on the property ( done at Uffici di Conservatoria) draw up all legal documents pertaining to the purchase of a property
  • a visura catastale to find out if the property is jointly owned; if so, both signatures are required for the legal sale of the property



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