Useful Information

Additional fees

When buying a property in Kefalonia and of course generally in Greece it is important to take into consideration any taxes or fees payable. Apart from the standard 2% (plus VAT) Real Estate Agent fee there are various fees and taxes which are calculated over and above the agreed purchase price of the property: 

* Transfer tax: 3%
* Public notary & Land registry: 2%
* Buyer's lawyer. 0.5% - 1% of sale price (depending on the value of the transaction).

 

Βuilding regulations

It is very important to take professional advice from a qualified person before you proceed to a purchase and make final decisions. Rules can change at any time and specific rules can apply to certain areas.

Outside Village Boundaries

  • Plots of 2000 m2 inside the zone boundary (Within 500 meters of the village). Total area allowed for building is 200 m2 plus basement, patios and verandas. Maximum floors are 2 plus the basement. Always a building line denotes the building allowable zone. In this case, this line has to be set 5 meters away from all the surrounding boundaries. You can only build if there is no forestry or archaeological restrictions.
  • Plots of 4000 m2 outside the zone boundary. Total area allowed for building is 200 m2 plus basement, patios and verandas. Maximum floors are 2 plus the basement. The building potential increases with the size of the plot. Always a building line denotes the building allowable zone. In this case, this line has to be set 15 meters away from the all the surrounding boundaries. Again you can only build if there is no forestry or archaeological restrictions. However, variations may sometimes be allowed and this will be dependant on local rules and negotiation. The exception to the 4.000 m2 rule is if a plot of land fronts a municipal – provincial road. If this is the case, a smaller area in m2 may be required to satisfy the planning regulations.


Inside village boundaries

  • The plot of land must be at least 500 m2. The total build area is from 240 m2 up to a maximum of around 400 m2. Always a building line denotes the building allowable zone. In this case, this line has to be set 2.5 meters away from the all the surrounding boundaries. Building can only take place if there are no archaeological restrictions.