It is dangerous to buy real estate from government officials who bought it with undeclared income. Such housing will be seized, even if the buyers are bona fide, real estate lawyer Almaz Kuchembaev told RIA Novosti.

The expert advised Russians to pay attention to who the seller of the apartment works. If he (or his spouse) is a state employee who is obliged to report on his earnings, then you need to seriously think about whether a deal is being made with a corrupt official. If the answer is yes, the apartment can subsequently be transferred to the state, the lawyer warned.

According to him, a citizen who bought an apartment from an unscrupulous official and lost it has the right to count on compensation, that is, the seller must return the money paid under the transaction to him. Risks are significantly reduced if an official has owned an apartment for three years or more, Kuchembaev said. “If the property has been purchased by government officials within the last three years, then you should ask for proof of income,” he stressed. This can be, in addition to the 2-NDFL certificate, a certificate of inheritance, a donation agreement, a receipt for money from the sale of valuable things, a loan agreement.

Earlier, seven main reasons were named why the courts seize real estate from new settlers. According to experts, it is dangerous to buy about 9 percent of apartments for sale in Russia. A transaction with legally dirty housing can fail at the registration stage, or it can be carried out, but in this case, the buyer risks losing both the apartment and money in the future.

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