Apartment privatization? It does not matter that the information on real estate was not true, says Prague 1
“Ownership of other real estate was not a reason for exclusion from privatization, so he did not have to prove the ownership of other real estate,” he says on the Prague 1 website. which we draw attention to Television List.
The Minister acquired an apartment with a surgery with an area of 245 square meters in Bolzanova Street for 11.5 million crowns. He has been using it as a tenant since the mid-1990s, and in the purchase contract he undertook not to sell or rent the apartment for ten years and to keep it for permanent living.
According to the town hall, he privatized it in accordance with the rules of the time.
At the same time according to the then valid rules (see Article 1, paragraph 4) for the sale of housing units owned by Prague (see clarification at the end of the article), such an apartment could only be bought by a so-called eligible tenant, ie someone who “is not a tenant or the owner or co-owner of another apartment or real estate for the purpose of living in the territory of the Czech Republic”.
The documents the office was working with at the time (see image below) stated that Arenberger did not have any such properties. In addition to the house in Kobylisy, at that time he also owned a state estate in the Mělník region in the Central Bohemian Region, which leased the Vinohrady hospital for archives, for which he also earned criticism. And a number of other properties.
According to the minister, however, it is confirmed that it is privatized exactly according to the rules. “There is no mistake there,” he said.
However, Prague 1 is preparing to check whether it meets the condition of using the apartment for housing.
“Doubts about the fulfillment of the conditions of privatization by prof. Arenberger, I request the Department of Technical and Property Administration of the Prague 1 District Office on the local investigation and on contacting the community of unit owners to verify that it is used in accordance with the purchase contract, “said Jan Votoček, councilor for Prague 1 property (TOP 09).
Unrecognized real estate
The list warned last week that after taking office, Arenberger had declared many times more assets and higher revenues at the end of 2020 than in previous years. Arenberger said that the difference between the tax and property returns was alerted to him by the media and he had already reconciled them.
According to Babiš, Arenberger committed an offense, but he corrected his mistake and must explain the information about his property in detail.
Television Seznam and Seznam Zprávy informed that Arenberger owns the area of the former state farm in the village of Netřeba in the Mělník region, and one of its buildings houses the archive of the Royal Vinohrady University Hospital. Arenberger leased the hospital building in 2013. He has run the hospital since October 2019, having previously served as deputy director. For the past five years, Arenberger has charged the hospital monthly for renting 79.16 crowns per square meter. From a legal point of view, according to him, the contract is in order, currently he is renting the space “for a crown”, he said. Even then, Babiš said that Arenberger had to explain everything.
When privatizing the apartment, Prague 1 was to follow its own rules, which the council adopted in June 2018, ie a few months before the sale of the apartment to Peter Arenberger was approved.
They state that it can only be privatized into the hands of a so-called eligible tenant. The document defines this as someone who “does not have another option for housing in the capital. of the City of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region ”.
However, Petr Arenberger at this time demonstrably owned residential real estate in Prague and in the Central Bohemian Region.
The editors in the article refer to the rules for the sale of city flats, which were set by the Prague City Hall. However, it did not apply to Petr Arenberger’s apartment.
The rules, which were adopted directly by the city district of Prague 1 in June 2018, but set the conditions almost identical.