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Contact from a Łukasz Mróz about Krakow property inheritance is this a scam?



ConfusedLady    
15 Jun 2017  #1

My family (Uk based) have been contacted out of the blue by a man purporting to be Łukasz Mróz regarding the inheritance of a tiny percentage (7%) of an apartment building in Krakow (extremely tiny considering there are six heirs in total here!). We believe the inheritance is real but don't understand the motives of this man. A google search hasn't revealed anything at all about this man who is claiming to be a successful barrister / solicitor and 'managing' the building. He gave us a website to look at but anyone can 'create' a website nowadays (as well as set up a company) and as a a result I really don't believe he is who he claims to be.

Has anyone else been contacted by this man? He has offered us 35k euros for our percentage of the building which we find very strange. Either its real and he knows he stands to make a massive profit out of the building if he buys everyone out. Or he is offering us a fake deal in order to somehow extract money from us in fake fees etc.

If we ignore this man and if this inheritance is real should we simply wait for the courts to contact us formally and deal with it then? I understand we would be liable for the debts according to Polish law and as this is a very old empty building (according to this Lukasz guy) I am assuming we'd be liable for some pretty large debts. As none of us can afford to pay these I presume the best course of action is to refuse the inheritance which we're happy to do.

All advice would be very gratefully received.


mafketis 16 | 4,249    
15 Jun 2017  #2

My family (Uk based) have been contacted out of the blue by a man purporting to be Łukasz Mróz regarding the inheritance of a tiny percentage (7%) of an apartment building in Krakow

Sounds like a scam to me. Is this a building that used to belong to your family?
gregy741 3 | 936    
15 Jun 2017  #3

lots of property scams going on in Warsaw,thanks to Warsaw Major and administration being corrupted mafia.its well known problem in Warsaw.
terri 1 | 1,160    
15 Jun 2017  #4

If you are a rightful owner of the property (even 1% of the total) the authorities will contact you. The best way is to contact Urzad Miasta in Krakow and ask them if the building that he mentions is subject to any legal action of recovery. They will tell you. Do not deal with anyone else. You will NOT be liable for any debts accrued if the building once belonged to your family. It will cost you nothing (perhaps a few emails) to find out if you have a claim on the building. If you have a claim Urzad Miasta (Town Hall) will tell you what to do next. DO NOT give any money to anyone. DO NOT sign any papers.
DominicB - | 1,879    
15 Jun 2017  #5

DO NOT give any money to anyone.

Indeed. My impression is that this is an advanced fee scam.
inkrakow 1 | 81    
17 Jun 2017  #6

It's possible its entirely legitimate - I know from personal experience that trying to do anything in a building where there hasn't been a 'podzial' can be a complete PITA and I too would prefer to buy my minority co-owners out to give me a free hand to do the renovation that is needed. I also know a few people who have done what this lawyer is attempting to do: bought a share in a building where some of the owners can't be found and then putting in the legwork to buying them or their heirs out. Anyone can do it and if you have patience and luck, you can indeed make some money. And I also know of people who own small shares in buildings but all the apartments have been occupied by the other owners and there is nothing left for them.

It's not advisable on relying on the authorities will contact you - they may not know you exist (especially if you weren't born in Poland) or where to find you and they don't have the resources to search around the world for missing owners (given Krakow's history, there are many such cases. If owners can't be found, the court appoints someone, either one of the other owners or an external person to represent their interests until they show up.

In any case, it's pretty easy to see if the guy is legitimate (a quick good search has turned up a lawyer with the same name in Krakow), and whether you or your relative indeed have a share in the building; ask him for the land registry number and look it up online on the Krakow court website. The land registry record should also show if the court has appointed an administrator. Then get your share valued by a valuer - if it's only a share in the building then it's going to be worth less than if it has a specific apartment/premises allocated to it. Then negotiate a better price, preferably through your own lawyer.
terri 1 | 1,160    
18 Jun 2017  #7

I was under the impression that you couldn't buy (a share in the building) if there was no owner of the building to buy from. Who would you buy off? If the owners own parts of the building, they are very unlikely to sell. Everyone thinks that a share (1 or 2%) in a building are worth millions.
inkrakow 1 | 81    
19 Jun 2017  #8

If no owner(s) at all can be found, then it's true you can't buy anything from anyone. However, there are plenty of cases where a building is in shared ownership and some of the owners are known. In those circumstances, any one owner is free to sell their share to someone who wants to go through the process of trying to find the others or live with the uncertainty. It's also true that many people think a small share is worth millions, which is nonsense, particularly if they don't already occupy any space in the building. That's why it's not an easy way to make money.
terri 1 | 1,160    
19 Jun 2017  #9

Isn't it easier to get rid of (or politely ask to vacate the building) of all the other owners from a property and then own the property outright.

This seems to be a specialization of some firms who have a lawyer in their pockets.
inkrakow 1 | 81    
19 Jun 2017  #10

Isn't it easier to get rid of (or politely ask to vacate the building) of all the other owners from a property and then own the property outright.

LOL! Owners moving out doesn't negate their right to ownership. Not sure how you would go about getting rid of owners who rightfully own or occupy the property (even if it exceeds their share). Forcing them out is illegal (and immoral) and even if you do it legally it's definitely not an easy process. And asking politely? Well I suppose you can always try...
Ziemowit 8 | 2,405    
19 Jun 2017  #11

Łukasz Mróz is a partner in a lawyers' company: NIKIEL I WSPÓLNICY - Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni - Kraków, pl. Axentowicza 6/3, tel. +48 12 632 71 02; +48 12 623 75 25. However, their profile says nothing about property market, it is banking and finance or capital markets.

nwlegal.pl/Radca-prawny,adwokat-lukasz-mroz,pl.html

We have been present in the market of legal services since 1996. Our main area of interest is connected with banking and finance, investment services, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions.

Is your Łukasz Mróz the same person as their Łukasz Mróz?
OP ConfusedLady    
20 Jun 2017  #12

@Ziemowit
Hi

Yes apparently he is a 'lawyer' for Nikiel and Partners. But I think he is working alone on this.

I will ask him for the land registry number and see if I can find out more...

Thanks!
inkrakow 1 | 81    
20 Jun 2017  #13

You can check whether he is a registered to practice law here: rejestradwokatow.pl



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