I'm a UK national living in Poland, with no formal family connections to the country. I own a small flat in Krakow, but I'm desperately trying to find a way to purchase an old farmhouse near Tarnow.
The problem is the house comes with 30,700m2 of land, and as a foreigner (with no Polish wife/family) I'm technically not allowed to buy a house that has Rolna/ Rural land attached. I can't buy the house without the land as the Gmina don't want to seperate it. The house has been empty for years, is decaying fast, and despite being the cheapest thing by far in the area, there is no local interest in it (so in no way would my purchase be preventing a local person finding a home) . The main reason is that it will be a long and expensive restoration (log cabin, thatch roof etc). I'm a specialist building conservator and as so few of these untouched farmhouses are left I'm willing to put in the time, money and effort to rescue the building (it will cost more than its value to restore). But I'm not allowed to buy Rolna land.
Any ideas? What if I set up a company in Poland (happy to do this)? Does anyone know a good property lawyer who speaks English?
I run a company in the UK and would love the opportunity to start a restoration company here in Poland but the regulation about foreigners not buying foreign land is preventing me. I've tried emailing the relevent person at the Polish ministry for development (who was English speaking) but didn't even get a reply.
Thank you for your time/advice