Is it necessary to hire a lawyer when buying a property in Austria?

Austrians usually do not use a lawyer when buying their home. The property ownership transfer is carried out by a notary, an impartial government appointed authority, who checks the main ownership features and burdens. However, foreigners often use solicitors, as an additional precaution to ensure everything runs smoothly. In the more complicated cases, it could be advisable.

At new developments, there is typically a lawyer/notary/legal firm appointed to deal with the whole project.