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Russia revises procedure to access unified real estate database

Russia: The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Russia, announced a new procedure for receiving information from the Unified State Real Estate Register, making such data available online. The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastral Records and Cartography provides the service through its website.

Access is provided for one year, subject to application and payment of an access fee. The application can be submitted in person, sent by post or completed online. Within five days, the applicant is provided with access keys in the format requested in the application, either as a hard copy or as an electronic document.

The access keys activate the payment system. The fee, which can be renewed annually, depends on the number of inquiries, except in the case of those natural or legal persons entitled by law to obtain information from the register for free (eg, judges and the public authorities). Payment is made through a bank, and an electronic copy of the proof of payment is sent to the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastral Records and Cartography. The cost is determined by Order 58/2012 of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, which was issued on February 15 2012.

Once payment has been made, direct access to the database is provided. The information available from the register depends both on the sub-registers and on the person requesting the information.

Everyone has the right to access general information about a certain land plot, building or other real estate identified in the application, including a description of the property; registered rights therein and encumbrances on such rights; and information regarding any claims that exist or are pending at the time that the extract is issued.

The law limits access to information regarding personal and commercial data; the history of rights and transactions; and synopses of the rights of a person to a property.

Under the new order, limited-access information is provided only to state authorities, notaries and real estate right holders (ie, owners, mortgagees or lessees) or their representatives.

Source: www.internationallawoffice.com