NEW BUILDING REGULATIONS “SAVE THE HOUSE” IN ITALY FROM MAY 2024: MINOR BUILDING DEFECTS AND PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS

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Great news for all real estate owners, buyers, builders, and agents in Italy! Finally, the long-awaited “Save the House” building regulations have been approved and published on the official information portal of the Italian government under Law No. 69 of May 29, 2024 (Decreto Legge Salva Casa). Let’s look at the main points of the new law and its impact on real estate transactions in Italy.

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF THE “SAVE THE HOUSE” BUILDING REGULATIONS

The “Save the House” act (Decreto Legge Salva Casa) is aimed at simplifying the procedures for accepting minor building defects in the real estate and construction sectors in Italy. Its main purpose is the legalization of minor construction violations, reducing bureaucratic barriers, and stimulating transactions in the Italian real estate.

MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE “SAVE THE HOUSE” ACT

  • Legalization of Minor Building Violations

The new law allows for the legalization of minor existing non-structural construction violations. For example, if you have a three-story villa with a pool built without a permit, it cannot be legalized. However, discrepancies between the building plan and the actual placement of internal walls, windows, or doors can now be legalized.

  • Cost of Compliance

The cost of bringing a property into compliance with the new regulations varies from 1 to 31,000 euros. This will allow many property owners to legalize their properties without significant financial costs.

  • Minor Irregularities Before May 24, 2024

Minor deviations in height, ground area, or covered area of the actual property and what is documented in the building documentation before May 24, 2024, will not be considered a violation if they are within certain limits.

  • Installation of Double Glazing and Removable Windows

Glazing of balconies, terraces, and porticos, as well as the installation of removable panoramic windows, can now be done without the need for permits. This will greatly simplify the process of updating and improving your home.

  • Installation of Canopies and Gazebos

Protective canopies, gazebos, and pergolas can be installed without additional permits. This opens up new opportunities for enhancing the appearance and functionality of your property.

  • Change of Use and Class of Properties

The process of changing the use and class of real estate properties, as well as performing cadastral updates, is simplified. This will allow for faster and easier adaptation of properties to new needs.

  • “Silent Consent” Approach

A “silent consent” building approval approach is introduced, meaning that a building request is automatically accepted if the administration does not respond within the prescribed period. This will significantly reduce the bureaucratic burden on municipal technical offices and speed up the processing of applications.

IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE BUY-SELL TRANSACTIONS IN ITALY

All these measures are aimed at simplifying the completion of real estate transactions. This will lead to an increase in the number of happy buyers and satisfied sellers in Italy. The construction amnesty will allow the legalization of previously illegal constructions and ease the buying and selling process.

WHY CHOOSE “TREVI ELITE”

The real estate agency “Trevi Elite” offers unique opportunities for everyone looking to buy or sell real estate in Italy. We collaborate with reliable developers, architectural firms, and cadastral technicians, which allows us to provide a full range of services.

Contact us for a consultation, and we will help you take advantage of all the benefits of the new “Save the House” building regulations. Our experience and professionalism guarantee successful and safe transactions in the Italian real estate market.

Don’t miss the chance to become the owner of your “dream home” in Italy or sell your property profitably, taking advantage of the new legislative opportunities!

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