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reform related decisions made by the local governments have been contested in court.

As a result of land reform the loss of property (construction works, among them residential building, summer cottage) that has been lawfully acquired. As a result of land reform a situation has been created, where the owners of construction works, which have been built without legal basis, have in certain cases faced the fact that the construction work acquired by them e.g. through inheritance, i.e. their right of ownership had been legally approved by notaries, was returned to the former owners together with the land.

Deprivation of right to privatise land adjacent to the lawfully acquired property with pre-emption. In the conformity with the Building Act, it is not possible for the owner of building, including residential building, that has been erected without legal basis to legalize it, and thus the land the building is located on is not subject to privatisation with the right of pre-emption.

Based on the analyses the author has come to the conclusion that regardless the acceleration of land reform since 1996, on the basis of the existing regulation it will not be possible to complete the land reform by 2006, when the validity of privatisation vouchers will expire. The different wordings of land reform legislation have been contradicting and inhibited the execution of land reform, thus the assertions formulated in the hypotheses have been proved.

In conclusion it can be said that the land reform in the Republic of Estonia is coming to an end, however, in the next few years it will not be possible to declare the reform completed.

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