May 9, 2019
On 7 May 2019, the President promulgated Law no. 97/2019 for amending and supplementing Law no. 10/1995 on quality in construction. The law will come into force three days after publication with the Official Gazette.
The declared purpose of the new Law is to cover a legislative gap allowing buildings which were unfit for dwelling purposes to be placed on the real estate market.
The new Law provides that investors and building owners may allow the use of a building (new or refurbished) only after the reception upon completion of works. The previous form of Law no. 10/1995 required that owners allow the use of a building after reception upon completion of works is performed and proper permitting is secured. This obligation continues to be in force.
The breach of the obligations in Law no. 97/2019 is a misdemeanor (in Romanian: “contraventie”) and may trigger a fine between RON 20,000 and RON 40,000.