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Acquisition of real estate by non-EU citizens

In order to buy real property in Poland, a foreigner (a person without Polish citizenship), not being a citizen of the European Union or Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or the Swiss Confederation, must obtain a permission from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration. The permission is required, in particular, in case of the acquisition of real property by a foreigner by means of the following contracts: sale, exchange, donation, the abolition of joint ownership, division of inheritance, disposal of inheritance. What also requires a permission is the acquisition of real property pursuant to a decision of court or administrative body, for example, a decision on the abolition of joint ownership or division of inheritance and the acquisition of property through prescription. Finally, the permit is also required in case of the acquisition of real property by inheritance under a will. This means that a foreigner who received inheritance with a real property under a will, must obtain a permit from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration for the acquisition of that property. A permit is also required in case of the acquisition by a foreigner of a perpetual usufruct of a real property. Perpetual usufruct is a specific right, similar to ownership right, however, it is limited in time (it may be granted for a period not exceeding 99 years).

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