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Óbuda considers tax on ugly buildings

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The local council of Óbuda, Budapest’s Third District, is discussing plans to introduce a tax on buildings that are considered to be aesthetically displeasing, now that building permits are no longer required for smaller structures, the online version of weekly HVG reported yesterday.

Archeological findings from the remains of Aquincum in Óbuda. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Civertan Grafikai Stúdió)

Under new rules, homes smaller than 300 sqm do not require building permits, only simple registration with the authorities. This rule change could result in a "deterioration of architectural quality and landscapes", a draft submitted to the local council by Third District Mayor Balázs Bús said, according to online news portal napi.hu.

If approved, a tax in the amount of HUF 500,000 would be introduced in the District Three for deviating from local building rules, yet to be drawn up. The tax may have an easy time passing, as Parliament two years ago passed legislation essentially giving local councils the right to levy any kind of tax they want.

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