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Too good to be true: not everyone is happy with the sale of Italian 1 euro houses

The abandoned Italian villages where you can buy a house for 1 euro to start a new life are not good news for everyone. Several Italians are starting to raise the problems of the real estate experiment.

Cracks are beginning to appear in the so-called win-win situation that abandoned Italian villages came up with months ago. The original plan: for a meager euro you can buy a house in such a picturesque village and live the Italian dream. Several hamlets have already come out with such a project and unleashed a real estate fever among foreign prospective buyers who sometimes daydream about Italy.

Yet apparently there are many problems with the plans. Previously, buyers found out that the renovation costs of the abandoned houses can add up considerably, even with government subsidies to encourage the newcomers. But it could be worse: several Italians who turned out to be the original owners of the abandoned houses were not informed about the sale of their houses.

Old family house

An Italian woman said in an interview with CNN that their family home in Castropignano, a village in the south of Italy, has been added to the list of 1 euro houses without permission. The house was originally owned by the woman’s grandmother. After the family moved to Canada in the 1950s, the house in Italy was visited only occasionally.

When the woman heard that the village was putting up her vacant homes for sale, she tried in vain to prevent the family home from being listed here. Several other families are in the same situation, made even more difficult by the quasi-global ban on travel due to the corona virus. The local authorities do claim that they have made every attempt to find the original owners of the houses.

Public danger

Italian law also says that every landowner in the country must look after his land and ensure that buildings on that land do not pose a public danger. If this is not observed, fines can be issued and the local government can even impose a seizure on the houses. According to the administration of the villages, the houses are so dilapidated that they crumble and are therefore dangerous.

Nicola Scapillati, the mayor of Castropignano thinks he is completely right with the sale of the empty houses. The man says he has already received thousands of emails from interested buyers.

According to him, at least twenty houses have already been sold in his village. And so the house madness in Italy will probably continue for a while.

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