Can everyone buy a property in Austria?
Since 2001, EU nationals can buy property in Austria with no restrictions. Citizens of other countries that belong to the EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss citizens can also buy property in Austria, although additional paperwork is required.
Non-EU nationals cannot buy property in several provinces including Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburgerland. In other provinces, non-EU nationals may have to purchase a foreigner's purchase permit or the property needs to be advertised for a specific period before it can be sold to a non-EU national, so the process is indeed complex. For non-EU nationals, a consultation with a lawyer is helpful to understand the specific requirements in each and every case. Get in touch and we will point you in the right direction.