Value of 2nd property in Poland

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    Amanda JB
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    Any advice appreciated.

     

    Via a LAID form from DWP customer advised her Polish partner owns a property in Poland. the only information they have provided is that the property is very run down and worth approximately £10K, although they have no proof of this, they have no documents which they can provide as evidence (so they say).

     

    Can anyone offer any advice on whether or not we should accept this and if not what evidence we can obtian and/or ask for taking into account any documents will be in Polish.

     

    How do other authoroties deal with property's abroad?

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    nick dearnley
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    We dealt with a similar case a while back. From memory we got a description of the property – how many bedrooms, where is it, state of repair, how old, etc – and then checked online to see what we could find. Rightmove and global property guide might help with pricing.

    You could then put the ball back in their court as you’ll have some form of valuation. Bit of a heavy-handed approach in a way, but there should be documentary evidence somewhere. It is very difficult though.

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    bod
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    [quote=Amanda JB]

    partner owns a property in Poland. the only information they have provided is that the property is very run down and worth approximately £10K,

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    Although the property may be in a poor state of repair, the land it sits on due to it’s location may be more valuable.

    #128937
    stevedaymond
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    Due to the property price increases in Poland in the last 12 years, I doubt very much it is worth as little as £10k

    #128940
    John Boxall
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    I was in Poland back in 1998 – in a reverse to the usual stereotype, driving Poles to work.

    The situation then, or so I was told was that property prices were similar to the UK – mainly due to there being relativley few ‘owner occupied’ homes. The ‘but’ however was that due to first WW2, then the Communist appropriations the titles to a lot of land and property can be quite iffy.

    Certainly where I was – Wolsztyn, not far from Poznan had been part of Germany prior to 1945, when the German population had just been booted out and the inhabitants of what had then been the eastern part of Poland – which was then incorporated into the USSR moved in.

    Anyway, I can go on………

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

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