Millions of Poles will become owners instead of lessees - PM Morawiecki

PM Mateusz Morawiecki in the south-Polish city of Rzeszów. PAP/Darek Delmanowicz

The government is working on a bill that will transform perpetual usufruct into full ownership so that about 2.5 million Polish citizens can become owners of the land they live on, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said in the south-Polish city of Rzeszów on Saturday.

Morawiecki said that it is "a step towards making Poles the owners of their homes that are often subject to various regulations by local governments." According to the prime minister, local governments have had "a wide discretion" in determining the usufruct fees. "Sometimes those fees increased by several dozen percent, and in one case even by several hundred percent over a single year. Residents were unable to do much about it," he noted.

The new regulations will make it possible to pay off the usufruct fee in a single payment or over 20 years in return for full ownership, PM Morawiecki said.

The government also wants to offer discounts with reference to government-owned land. "This discount could be up to 60 percent, and we encourage local governments to match or even exceed this discount," the prime minister said.