National Land Registry

What is the national land registry?

The National Land Registry is a unified and constantly updated information system that records legal, technical and other additional information on real estate and rights over it, under the responsibility and guarantee of the State.

Its compilation aims to create a modern, fully automated real estate file, all of which are evidence-based, ensuring the greatest possible publicity and security of transactions.

This is a much more modern and complete system than the old system of Mortgages and Transfers supported by the Mortgage Offices.

Specifically, the National Land Registry:

1. Records based on the property all the transactions that create, transfer, alter or abolish rights to real estate. We can therefore be informed immediately, easily and reliably of all the rights that exist in each property. Thus, everything becomes simpler and clearer.

2. It guarantees the legal information that it records, as the registration of each deed is done only after a substantial legality check, ie no deed is registered if the transferor is not the one registered in the land registry as a beneficiary.

3. Records the geographical description (form, location and size) of the property.

4. Reveals and systematically reveals Public real estate, for the first time in modern Greece.

5. Records usufruct rights which, especially in the province, is perhaps the most common way of acquiring ownership due to informal transfers.


Real estate declarations

The first stage in the cadastral process is the submission of property declarations by all natural or legal persons who have rights to real estate. Those who manage foreign property are also required to submit a declaration.
The statement concerns a right and not a property. This means that in case a property belongs to more than one person, all those who have the right to it, must declare it (eg the one who has the small ownership and the one who has the usufruct of the property).
The statement also concerns all the properties of the areas under cadastre, inside and outside the plan, whether they are urban, rural, built or not. The declaration of ownership is a precondition for any deed concerning the property in the future, e.g. transfer, parental benefit, donation, issuance of a building permit.


Supporting documents submitted with the declaration

Simple photocopy of title deed (contract)

Simple photocopy of transcript certificate

Topographic diagram (In some cases it is mandatory and in others optional) or locating the property

Simple photocopy of ID or passport

Copy of tax clearance or PPC account (document resulting in the VAT number).


Find out about the course of the cadastre in the Regional Units: