Maxim Ali shared with DP his opinion on a draft law on restricting access to extracts from the Unified State Register of Immovable Property

Maxim Ali - Partner

On 25 May, the Russian State Duma will consider a draft law restricting access to extracts of information on property owners. It provides for amendments to the Federal Law “On Personal Data” and also affects the Federal Law “On State Registration of Real Estate”. The Draft Law implies prohibition of extracts from the Unified State Register of Immovable Property in favour of third parties. According to experts, this restriction may seriously affect real estate market.

Analyzing the initiative, Maxim Ali, Partner, Head of IP/IT Practice at Maxima Legal, pointed out that the amendments were introduced to the State Duma in a single draft law with extensive amendments. “Perhaps it was not so much a desire to disguise them in the legislation on real estate registration as it was a demonstration of the purpose of the project – to protect personal data of citizens. Although this consolidation still looks somewhat artificial, because the amended laws differ not only in their essence, but also in the “level” of regulation,” — explained the expert to Delovoy Peterburg.

According to Maxim, the ban on third parties obtaining statements will make litigation more difficult. “For them it is supposed to issue personal data through a notary, but the question remains how seriously they will check the intention of a citizen to go to court to protect the violated right. In any case, the notary fees for these actions will fall on ordinary citizens who will, for example, be preparing for a trivial dispute about a leak in an apartment building,” — Maxim Ali summarised.

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