Monday, February 19, 2007

Purchasing Real Estate in Sweden - Permits in connection with purchases of non-commercial real estate, private homes / villas

As mentioned in an earlier post here the Swedish Pre-emption Act (I have not found any English translation) gives municipalities a right to exercise a right of pre-emption. The municipality within whose borders the real estate is situated may have a right to step in as buyer on the same terms and conditions as the buyer who entered into the purchase contract with the seller.

It is important to note that no such right exists if the object of the purchase is a one or two family house with surrounding land not exceeding 2,000 square meters.

This pre-emption right is only exercised in very few cases each year.

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