chamber calls on homeowners to ignore law
News, 28 August 2009
The Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), a professional body advising
the government on engineering and technical matters, on Tuesday said
that homeowners should ignore a recent law that allows them to protect
properties that have been illegally altered from any further penalties.
The chambers vice president, Christos Spirtzis, said he expected dozens
of homeowners to appeal against the legislation, passed through Parliament
earlier this summer. Spirtzis said that only 10 people had applied
to pay the fee so far.
According to the law, the payment would ensure that areas of homes
originally planned as balconies but subsequently turned into closed
rooms (known as "imiypaithrioi" -"semi-open" in Greek) are no longer
subject to penalties or the threat of demolition.
On Monday, Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes said that these
homes could be bought and sold without obstruction.
Tentes had been asked by the notaries’ union to give his expert legal
opinion amid concerns that these illegally altered areas would be officially
recognized once the penalty is paid but they would not be made legal,
meaning that they could not be recognized as being part of a home when
the property is bought or sold.