In Romania you don’t have mineral rights for the ground under your property

The mining law in Romania stipulates that all mineral wealth under the soil is the exclusive property of the state. You, if you happen to have a house or field sitting on mineral ore deposits, like iron, gold, or coal, gas, oil, etc., then you don’t have any right to it, and run the risk to be easily expropriated by the state at meager market prices, losing a large part of your investment, effort and time invested in your property. The big problem, apart from outrightly excluding you from a stake in that wealth, is the fact that because of the prevalent corruption in Romania, those money will be in important part siphoned off and not used for the public good. This video discusses those conflicts, and the need to make an informed decision when you decide to buy a property in Romania, by paying attention to a lesser known aspect of the property legislation.

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My aim, through this series of blog articles, is to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania and Southeast Europe, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of world’s architectural history and heritage.

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If you have a historic house project in Romania or other country in Southeast Europe, I would be delighted to advise you in aspects pertaining to its architectural history and ways to preserve as much as possible from its period fabric and aesthetics in the course of restoration or renovation works, or to counsel you with specialist consultancy work related to that project. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this website.