Unused land plots were taken away from the Russians

“Rossiyskaya Gazeta”: courts began to seize land from citizens who did not use them for their intended purpose

Russian courts began to seize land from citizens not using them for their intended purpose. Any Russian can lose an allotment for individual construction if he does not start building a house on time, Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes, citing data from lawyers.

As the lawyer Nikita Filippov told the publication, the number of relevant cases in judicial practice is growing. Experts attribute this to the active use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by Rosreestr. The department thus strengthened control over the use of land.

Filippov gave an example of the seizure of a plot: in the Volgograd region, a citizen was taken away from a citizen's land, since he had not bothered to build a house on it for nine years of ownership. The court confirmed the legality of the seizure. A citizen has three years to start construction, the lawyer recalled. According to him, the seizure of a land plot is an extreme measure, much more often a fine is imposed for a delay in the start of construction.

In general, the Civil Code provides for three reasons for the seizure of land: its non-use, use for other purposes and use with causing harm nature (or with a decrease in fertility, if we are talking about agricultural land).

Earlier it was reported that Russians who own land shares on agricultural land and have not formalized them are at risk of losing their plots after January 1, 2025. The corresponding amendments to the law on the turnover of agricultural land were prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture.