Our house was originally built and used for commercial purposes so as we discovered later, there was no (easy) option but for it to remain registered as commercial.
We made considerable enquiries and though you may dispute this(which is fair enough and I'm interested in) we discovered that it would require an architect to 'sign off' the property for its change in purpose, i.e. to simply residential. Our house is not small so perhaps the charge is per Metre but the cost for the architect was mental. I mean it would take 25 years to save what would have to be paid out if the tax came down by half. SO we decided to live with the fact that we pay a fairly hefty tax by Bulgarian standards. No problem with that as we know where we stand. IF it was possible to change it in another way without such fees, then we would do it. Perhaps our issue is it is not simply down to a registration error, but the fact that property was initially built and used commercially and never changed by the previous owner(s).
BUT I digress somewhat. What I wanted to pick your brains over is....
What really is the point of Art 14 and 17? I think so far I have understood it was simply to update the municipalities records in case there had been a change of use etc, or extended building etc. If that is the case I understand why we had to declare what they already knew - Which was.... it's commercial and it consists x number of bedrooms bathrooms etc. Even though it is (used as) residential we were NOT allowed to declare as residential because the 'official' registration still holds it as commercial. I hope you followed that
So if it was just method of ensuring their records were up to date then end of story, I kind of get it.
HOWEVER if this declaration is to somehow change the tax burden, why am I telling them something that isn't true i.e. it's commercial when actually it is Residential from a point of view of use. I know Bulgaria love paperwork so perhaps it was just to ensure people still had jobs, but I felt when we completed the art we were telling them just what they already had in their records and were not allowed to deviate from what they already had on their records. Making it completely pointless
Like I said if it was a means of 'just' updating their records in case of changes that the owner had made (either by building or by paperwork) then I can kind of get it.
SO ARE YOU 100% that these are one off forms? And when did they start? Just last year? AND when will it be necessary to complete an ART 14 again?
Sorry for the questions Owain you seem to know what you are talking about.