The Svatopluk cooperative must pay a million for land for houses in Horoměřice. It was confirmed by the Court of Appeal — ČT24 — Czech Television
“In the case in question, the judgment of the local court was changed regarding the reimbursement of costs, the rest was confirmed,” said Dominik Duchoň, the spokesman of the Prague-West District Court for ČT.
The regional court in Prague thus confirmed last year’s decision of the court of first instance, according to which the Svatopluk cooperative is to pay approximately one million crowns with interest to the bankruptcy administrator of H-System, Josef Monsport. This is the rent for plots of land under terraced houses that were exempted from bankruptcy in the past.
Another twenty million with interest is demanded by Monsport for the rent of eight houses, in which there are approximately 60 apartments. He sued the cooperative for the rent from 2016 to 2018, the rest, according to him, was time-barred. In March, the court awarded him the sum of 18.2 million without jurisdiction, with interest, but the cooperative appealed against the verdict.
After years, people finally live in their own
After its establishment in 1993, H-System concluded contracts with hundreds of interested parties for the construction and transfer of apartments and houses in the vicinity of Prague. In the fall of 1997, it went bankrupt, having completed only 34 family houses. Thousands of people lost a billion crowns after the collapse of H-System. Majority shareholder Petr Smetka served twelve years in prison for tunneling the company.
The situation of the members of Svatopluk is specific in that they built the apartments at their own expense, but without the approval of the bankruptcy court. According to the chairman of the cooperative, Martin Junko, the people had the consent of the former bankruptcy administrator. According to him, the approval of the bankruptcy court was not needed at that time.
A total of 55 users of apartments in Horoměřice bought properties last year, thus becoming their owners in the cadastre. Four users have left the flats, they will be sold again, one remaining flat is being sued for exemption from bankruptcy.