Land tenants may face the need to renew contracts in Ukraine, - O. Polivodskyy

When transferring land from state to communal ownership, some land tenants in Ukraine will face the issue of renegotiating contracts. This can create some problems for the business.

This opinion was expressed by the Sofiya Law Firm partner Mr. Oleksandr Polivodskyy, commenting  the consequences of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine's decree of 16.11.2020 № 1113 "On measures to accelerate reforms in the field of land relations" for the publication "Law & Business".

According to the document, the State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre must ensure the transfer of agricultural land of state ownership to communal ownership in accordance with Art. 117 of the Land Code.

O. Polivodskyy emphasized that the transfer according to the resolution can take place only of those plots that are allocated in kind and registered in the state land cadastre.

"Apart from government agencies and communities, this decision may apply to those who have entered into or are in the process of concluding land lease agreements", said the Sofiya Law Firm partner. - For them, this may mean a change in land ownership and, as a consequence, a change in the contract. Such a change must be properly executed and requires careful attention on the part of private business tenants, given the lack of regulation of certain terms of the law for such a case.

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