MRÓWKOWIEC - SOVIET ERA APARTMENT BUILDINGS
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There is a lot of interesting architecture in Warsaw. Some is really beautiful and some isn't so pretty, but nevertheless is still very interesting. An example is the building in the attached photo. This is an example of the typical apartment building built in the soviet era. Generally the flats are around
Many of these places are still held in forms of legal ownership that may seem strange to many of us, such as “PERPETUAL USUFRUCT” (Użytkowanie Wieszyste in Polish) where you are buying the right to use an apartment (or flat) forever, but it really isn’t your property and you have to pay a yearly canon. In Spanish this is called "censo enfiteútico". I'm not too sure if we have anything like this in the US but it would be something like a 100-year lease. In other cases the form of ownership is a little different: the entire building, including all apartments and common areas are owned by the community and the person who buys the flat is really only buying the right to occupy it. In Polish this is called Spółdzielcze własnościowe prawo do lokalu mieszkalnego • “housing association owner-occupied right to private accommodation” Something like a “cooperative” in Spanish but without the “división horizontal”. Another interesting aspect of travel and living in different countries is learning about the way certain issues - in this case, property ownership, are handled.