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Change Monitoring - a New Service PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 May 2007

„The contract of security” for the owners of land and other real estates  

The change monitoring service, the so-called Watchdog System offered by the land offices enables the citizens to be informed about any changes or modifications that happened on the property sheet of their registered land, house, apartment etc. quickly by e-mail and/or SMS. Making use of this opportunity, the security and safety of the activities related to land can be increased and also the customer will be able to follow those steps in case management causing changes on the property sheet. To order this change monitoring service, it is necessary to know the parcel number or postal address of the land/real estate.

The significance of change monitoring

In line with the official warning of the Parliament sub commission against flat mafia, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) introduced the change monitoring service with sending notification to the owners about any property sheet transaction. From 15 September 2005, the change monitoring service has started, as a first step, for the users of the TakarNet countrywide computerised system, who have been receiving notifications by e-mail. Nowadays, it means almost 6000 users: banks, public notaries, public administration authorities, local governments, real estate agencies, planning offices etc. who all are entitled to use this service too. The indirect impact of this service can be observed also by the wide public: as a consequence, e.g. the banking transactions or the case management concerning inheritance became quicker and more secure. 

Considering the people being keenly interested, on 3rd April 2006, the service was opened for private persons as well, by sending notifications through e-mail and/or SMS. The crimes connected to flat are committed mostly so that the land or other real estate is sold behind the back of the owner. This kind of crimes can be prevented in the future, and the legal security can significantly be increased.


One can order this service without having any kind of permit or proving any other legal relationship; private persons can ask for change monitoring by making the contract at the client service of the land office. One can sign the contract at the client service of any land office; there is no need to travel to the territorially competent one.

Legal persons (companies, institutions) using already TakarNet can automatically ask for change monitoring service, as in their cases, a bulk monitoring is needed anyhow. The one who already has been authorized, possessing the access permit and using other services of the network, can simply enter the system, click on „Land Change Monitoring” in the menu, and by accepting the General Conditions of Contracting can use the change monitoring service. Those legal persons who have no access to TakarNet yet, should first apply for that. See detailed information about the accession procedure under TakarNet Information.

The change monitoring service means monitoring the property sheet in question and sending notification about changes, modifications in the requested form, against prepaid fee. The service would stop after one calendar year from the start, if the customer missed applying for the extension of the contract before its date of expiration.

Making the contract

The customer can make the contract at any land office client service for the monitoring of all changes happening in his/her property by filling in and signing a standard contract form and prepayment of the service fee. It is not necessary to travel to the territorially competent land office. 

When making the contract, the case officer will check the identity card of the customer, similarly when applying for authorised copy of property sheet. In this way, only natural persons can make contract, namely, the TakarNet relating service for bulk monitoring is open for legal persons. After checking the data delivered by the customer (e. g. does the given parcel number really exist?) the registration of the change monitoring is performed in the land office, and about the exact time of starting the change monitoring, the customer will receive a message at once. After that, the customer can be sure that during the validity of his/her registration, he will be notified within 24 hours in the requested form (e-mail and/or SMS) if any application arrives concerning his/her land or other property. 

The content of the message

The system will automatically send notification (to the address or telephone number recorded in the contract) about the arrival of any application of which a marginal/side note is being prepared, or which results in a change/modification in the data of the related property sheet. An application can be about a change in the ownership, recording of an easement or its cancellation etc. The notification contains the location and parcel number of the land, and also the nature of the change (marginal/side note, change in ownership, and change in burdens or legal facts). Informed about these, the customer can decide, if the given application was submitted with or without his knowledge, and also in the latter case, take the necessary measures in time. Concerning viewing the documents, the provisions of the Act on Land Registration No. CXLI/1997 are to be followed. 

Within one contract, monitoring of several properties can be ordered, but only one e-mail address and /or telephone number can be given. Parallel notifications are possible through e-mail and SMS too. Of course, to register the change monitoring, one should know the parcel number or postal address of the land or other real estate.


Change monitoring and notifying service is subject to fee. Earlier, there were four different packages, but on 1st April 2007, the fee system was simplified. Now, the fees are calculated according to type of notification, and there is no limit in number of notifications. The fees of change monitoring service for private persons are the following:  

 E-mailSMSE-mail + SMS
Fees2600 HUF + VAT2850 HUF + VAT4250 HUF + VAT

The customer will select the fee package and pay the fee, when making the contract in the land office. The above fees are valid for one calendar year of monitoring the relevant land/property, and sending notifications of unlimited number in the selected way. The service will stop after one calendar year from the start. Of course, after payment of a new fee package, the service will keep on working.

This change montiroing and notifying service – making use of the technical development – is a significant step forward. In other words, a kind of novelty, as in this case, the institutional system of land offices not only performs its duties prescribed by rules of law, but they offer an additional service through TakarNet network for strengthening and protecting the legal security.
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