Kazakh citizens to re-register land when renouncing citizenship

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens will have to re-register land when renouncing their citizenship, the Akmola region’s Regional Communication Service announced as a reminder of Kazakhstan’s land code standards.

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Citizenship renunciation is a citizen’s statutory right to end his or her relationship with the state of nationality in a prescribed manner. In Kazakhstan, it is realised on a voluntary basis.

Kazakhstan’s land code was adopted in June 2003 as part of its economic reforms and was last reviewed for amendments in 2016.

According to the law, Kazakh citizens’ private property may include land plots for the management of a peasant or agrarian economy, personal subsidiary husbandry, afforestation, gardening, individual housing and suburban construction. It may also include land plots granted for building construction or built-up by production and non-production, including residential buildings and their complexes.

Article 23 of Kazakhstan’s land code states that upon citizenship renunciation by a citizen who is the owner of a land plot granted for the management of the aforementioned activities, the property right shall be subject to alienation or reissuance.

“Land plots located in the border zone of Kazakhstan’s state border cannot be owned by foreigners, stateless persons, Kazakh citizens married to foreigners or stateless persons, foreign legal entities and Kazakh legal entities with foreign participation,” according to the Akmola region’s Department of Domestic Policy.

It should be noted that upon a Kazakh citizen’s marriage with a foreigner or stateless person, the ownership of land plots located in the border zone and frontier zone of Kazakhstan’s state border shall be subject to re-registration or alienation in accordance with Article 66 of Kazakhstan’s land code.

Article 66 concerns the rights and obligations of land plots’ owners who may not have rights to that land. It states that if a person accrues the right to a land plot, which he or she may not have, this right shall be alienated within three months or it must be officially re-registered within the specified time limit.

In case of the non-fulfillment of these requirements, the akimat (city administration) shall file a claim for the return of the land plot at its location.

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