When will the security deposit that has been paid with a tender for a lease be returned?
The security deposit paid with a tender for the lease of apartments will be returned within 30 days of the day of the opening of the bids.
When will lease agreements be concluded with the best bidders?
Lease agreements with the best bidders will be concluded after selecting the best bidder for each apartment that was the subject of advertisement and after fulfilling the basic technical requirements. The lease will commence on the day that it is concluded i.e. on the day that the agreement is notarized.
Is it a possible to lease apartments for special categories, e.g. for disabled persons (directly and with how much rent)?
Unfortunately, a direct lease for special categories of users is not possible in accordance with provisions of the Apartment Lease Act and Act on the Management and Disposal of Property Owned by the Republic of Croatia. Renters in such categories can contact the competent local government units, which are obligated to provide housing to these and other similar categories of users in accordance with their criteria.
Can rent be reduced for persons with special needs who are users of the apartments taken over by the Republic of Croatia so that they do not have to pay a double amount of maintenance fee but a lower rent because of their status?
Unfortunately, because of the prescribed conditions and criteria, it is not possible to reduce the amount of freely contracted rent for lessees who received apartments from local government units as protected lessees because of their poor economic status or other circumstances.
How will it be possible to regulate the status of longtime illegal users who are regularly paying the usage fee?
According to the current regulations, accommodation can only be provided for military invalids from the Croatian War of Independence under special conditions and in a way that the subject apartments are turned over for management by the Croatian Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs. For other categories of illegal users they now no longer have any possibility of leasing the apartments they are occupying.
Is it possible to pay off debt for rent or the usage fee, and in how is this done?
Apartment users can pay off debt incurred for rent or the usage fee in at most 12 monthly installments beginning from the day of determining the debt. If these payments are not made, an enforcement procedure will be initiated, and depending on the status of the usage, eviction will be initiated with the assistance of the appropriate government authorities.
When will the next advertisement for the lease of flats be published?
We suggest that all interested parties regularly check our website.
How is the calculation of rent made for apartments determined to be under the ownership of the Republic of Croatia, and how can their users take over an apartment from their predecessors?
The rent or apartment usage fee is calculated depending on the user’s status on the basis of the:
- Regulation on the Conditions and Criteria for Determining Protected Rent (Official Gazette No. 40/97 and 117/05)
- Decision on Determining of the Amount of Freely Contracted Rent (Official Gazette No. 120/2000)
in a way that:
- former holders of the right of tenure pay the rent in the amount of protected rent
- former holders of the right of tenure pay the rent in the amount of freely contracted rent if they perform an activity in the apartment, or own another available house or apartment
- persons of poor economic status, as lessees protected by units of local government, pay a freely contracted rent (in an amount that is double the maintenance fee of the building in which the apartment is located)
- users without a valid legal basis pay a usage fee in the amount 15,00 kn/m²
Is it possible to get information about, i.e. a list of, vacant business premises owned by the Republic of Croatia that can be leased via a public tender?
All properties owned by the Republic of Croatia are listed in the State Property Register in accordance with the Regulations on the State Property Register (OG 55/11). The register is published on the official website of the Ministry of State Assets (www.imovina.gov.hr). A separate list of vacant business premises is not published. You must monitor the publication of public tenders for leasing business premises on our website (www.hr-nekretnine.hr), the website of the Ministry of State Assets (www.imovina.gov.hr) and the website of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (www.hgk.hr).
Who publishes the tender for leasing vacant business premises and what are the conditions of the tender for leasing those premises?
Državne nekretnine d.o.o. disposes of certain empty properties taken over on the basis of the Agreement on Business-Technical Cooperation, Class: 943-01/14-01/38, Ref. No. 536-01/02-14/1, concluded on 21 February 2014 with the State Property Management Administration. At the proposal of Državne nekretnine d.o.o., a decision on leasing business premises is made by the Ministry of State Assets, on the basis of Article 54, Paragraph 1 of the Act on the Management and Disposal of Property Owned by the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette No. 94/2013) and Article 6, Paragraph 1 of the Act on the Lease and Sale-Purchase of Business Premises (Official Gazette No. 125/2011). Empty properties that have been taken over are published in at least one public journal and on our website (www.hr-nekretnine.hr), the website of the Ministry of State Assets (www.imovina.gov.hr), and the website of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (www.hgk.hr).
Why is a value-added tax charged on rent for business premises to the lessees?
A value-added tax (VAT) is charged to the amount offered for monthly rent on the basis of the VAT Act (OG 73/13, 99/13, 148/13 and 153/13).
How often are public tenders for leasing empty business premises published and what is the deadline for submitting bids?
Public tenders for leasing empty business premises are published on average every two months (sooner if possible) and the deadline for submitting offers is 30 days.
Is it possible for a user of a business premise to obtain approval for joining a joint craft company of another physical person/craftsman, i.e. is it possible to obtain approval for the conclusion of an agreement on business-technical cooperation between the lessee and another legal person?
In accordance with Article 19 of the Act on the Lease and Sale-Purchase of Business Premises, the lessee has no right to sublease the business premises or any of part of it. The approval can be given only to the heir of a craftsman, who would continue running the craft or take over the craft from a member of the family household. As a rule, the approval for agreements on business-technical cooperation and agreements to sublease of business premises is not given unless otherwise specified in the Agreement on the Sublease of Business Premises.