Hi folks - we're not actually in Crete (Arkadian Brits here
, but this forum has about the biggest discussion on this issue that I've seen so I hope it's OK to ask a few questions.
We started the legalisation ball rolling 5 years ago (our tradition open-plan basement was converted to bedrooms and this was not covered by our planning application). It's taken this long to get it through the local architectural committee - which didn't actually exist for most of that time
- and the process will be complete when we pay the final €4100 or so, making a total pushing 6K.
I'm pretty concerned that the final (via i-Banking) payment will not go to a ministry or other organisation but directly to a bank account of the chief civil engineer of the area. Also a draft of the legalisation document shows my wife's maiden name as her surname and knowing Greek bureaucracy this worries me, though the engineer's assistant assures me this is correct. I don't much fancy making legal enquiries locally as everyone knows everyone in these parts and it could ruffle a few feathers, so any advice from people who have been through the process would be welcome.