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

It is not common to hire a lawyer when buying a property in Austria. Contracts tend to have a standard language and the property ownership transfer is carried out by a notary, an impartial government appointed authority, who checks the main ownership features and burdens.

Sometimes foreigner buyers will 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 development.