Greece: Securing property market recovery
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Greece: Securing property market recovery

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Panagiotis Drakopoulos

Mariliza Kyparissi

Recent amendments to Greek legislation on commercial leases provide for shortened minimum lease terms (three-year statutory minimum) and early termination clauses. This affects the Greek real estate market and raises business and investment expectations. New provisions invite a more market-friendly and business-oriented approach, restricting the previous protective framework for the lessee, and granting an enhanced set of powers to the lessor, in the hope of reversing the idle investment climate in the Greek market. The recently introduced lease term and termination clauses favour market mobility, allowing for more flexible arrangements among parties and preventing properties from staying locked down over long periods of time. Before their final investment move, investors are now able to explore opportunities with high growth potential and may freely negotiate and agree on prices, terms and conditions of the lease agreement, achieving predictability in their business planning. It is expected that the successful implementation of the new law on commercial leases will lead to the creation of new investment schemes. It aims to attract the interest of real estate investment companies (REICs) and other institutional and individual investors seeking to expand their investment scope and main activities. Single investors or investment groups should therefore opt to expand their activity in a growing real estate market, invest in commercial and tourist property, promising real estate development projects, and vacant units and unused commercial premises, taking advantage of the flexible provisions and boosting real estate portfolios' valuations. Therefore, commercial real estate property of previously limited demand, such as secondary retail, warehouses and non-prime office buildings, should be successfully targeted by domestic and foreign investors through the emergence of investment schemes, securing the recovery of the property market and boosting its flexibility and mobility.

Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Mariliza Kyparissi

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