Housing care in assisted areas

If you are interested in obtaining housing care in assisted areas, an application is submitted to the competent administrative body of the relevant county 

The Act on Housing Care in Assisted Areas regulates the categories of beneficiaries that may exercise the right to housing care, methods of providing housing care, and requirements for exercising the right to housing care.

The said Act aims to encourage inhabitants to return to, remain or settle in the assisted areas of the Republic of Croatia, under a special act, as well as in the areas that are, within the meaning of this Act, defined as areas of special state concern (hereinafter: the areas within the scope of this Act), which contributes to demographic and economic development of these areas.

The rights from this Act may be exercised by natural persons with residence in the areas within the scope of this Act or persons who wish to move to the areas within the scope of this Act

Housing care requirements

The requirement for housing care is that you do not own or co-own any other habitable family house or apartment in the territory of the Republic of Croatia or in the territory of one of the ex-Yugoslavian countries or other countries in which you reside, and that you have not sold, donated or otherwise alienated the said property in the last 15 years before submitting the application for the priority list or the ex-officio initiation of the procedure, i.e. you have not acquired the status of a protected tenant in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, you have not exercised the appropriate right to housing care under other regulations, and you have not exercised other related rights in the territory of the countries in which you reside, or have resided.

Housing care models

Applications for housing care can be submitted according to the following models:
  • rental of a state-owned family house or apartment
  • donation of state-owned building land and building materials for the construction of a family house
  • donation of building materials for the renovation, expansion and completion of construction of a family house owned by the beneficiary
  • donation of building materials for the construction of a family house on the building land owned by the beneficiary
  • donation of a state-owned uninhabitable family house and building materials for its renovation or reconstruction.

Applications for housing care

Applications for housing care are submitted to competent administrative bodies in counties and the City of Zagreb. A call for applications is published on the website of the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care.

The procedure for processing applications for housing care is, in the first instance, carried out and decided by competent administrative bodies in counties and the City of Zagreb, while the procedure of appeal against a first-instance decision is resolved by the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing Care.

Applications for housing care are submitted to the first-instance body competent for the area within the scope of the Act in which you wish to obtain housing. 

The deadline for submitting the application for housing care is from 1 January to 31 January of the current year.

If you were on the priority list for the current year and have not received a decision from the competent administrative body of the relevant county, and you are still interested in housing care, you do not need to submit a new application as it is automatically transferred to the priority list for the next year, but the ranking on the priority list is determined again.

Priority lists for the current year are published no later than 15 March on the websites of competent administrative bodies in counties, as well as on their notice boards.

As an applicant for housing care, you have the right to file an objection against the published priority lists within 8 days after their publication.

The final priority lists are published no later than 31 March of the current year.

Required documents

An application for housing care must include the following information:
  • name and surname of the applicant, and name and surname of all family members for whom the application is submitted
  • Croatian Personal ID Number (OIB) of the applicant and all family members, and JMBG (former unique master citizen number) if the applicant has one
  • permanent and/or temporary residence address
  • name and surname of the process agent (person authorised to receive documents) and his/her address (if the applicant lives abroad)
  • indication and description of the housing care model for which the application is submitted
  • hand signature of the applicant.

Together with the application for housing care, the applicant is required to enclose, for himself/herself and all family members included in the application for housing care, a copy of the valid ID card or other identification document, and proof of eligibility for ranking the application pursuant to the Regulation on criteria for ranking applications for housing care. Evidence of eligibility for ranking may not be older than six months at the moment of submitting the application for housing care.
 
After the final priority list is published, in the procedure of establishing the right of the applicant on the priority list, the following documents are obtained:
  1. permanent and temporary residence certificates for the last 15 years prior to submitting the application
  2. certificate that the applicant does not own/owns real property, issued by the competent cadastral office
  3. certificate that the applicant is/is not the owner of real property, issued by the municipal court or other public register
  4. certificate of the competent tax administration branch office on real property transactions
  5. in the case of providing housing care by donating building materials for the construction of a family house on the building land owned by the applicant, also proof of ownership, location information and, if the applicant has one, the final and effective building permit whose period for commencement of construction has not expired
  6. in the case of providing housing care by donating building materials for the renovation, expansion and completion of construction of a family house or apartment on the building land owned by the applicant, also proof of ownership and, if the applicant has one, the final and effective building permit whose period for commencement of construction has not expired.

The documents under items 1, 2, 3 and 4 must be obtained for addresses where the applicant and all family members included in the application had registered permanent and temporary residence going back 15 years prior to submitting the application.

evidence of facts on which the public law body maintains records in the Republic of Croatia, certificate of no criminal record and certificate from criminal records are obtained ex officio by the competent authority dealing with the submitted application in the first instance.

The right under the Act may not be exercised by:

  • persons convicted of criminal offences against humanity and human dignity under the Criminal Code (Official Gazette 125/11, 79/12, 144/12, 56/15, 61/15 and 101/17) or criminal offences against values protected by international law under the Criminal Code (Official Gazette 110/97, 27/98, 50/00, 129/00, 51/01, 111/03, 190/03, 105/04, 84/05, 71/06, 110/07, 152/08 and 57/11)
  • persons convicted of criminal offences against the Republic of Croatia
  • persons convicted of criminal offences against life and body
  • persons convicted of criminal offences against sexual freedom, criminal offences of sexual abuse and exploitation of children, and criminal offences against marriage, family and children under the Criminal Code (Official Gazette 125/11, 79/12, 144/12, 56/15, 61/15 and 101/17) or criminal offences against sexual freedom and sexual morality, and criminal offences against marriage, family and youth under the Criminal Code (Official Gazette 110/97, 27/98, 50/00, 129/00, 51/01, 111/03, 190/03, 105/04, 84/05, 71/06, 110/07, 152/08 and 57/11)
  • persons convicted of the criminal offence referred to in Article 3(1) of the General Amnesty Act (Official Gazette 80/96).