This overview includes the measures related to real estate and recommendations adopted at each state level of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina ("FBiH") and Republic Srpska ("RS").
Declaration of state of emergency or other extraordinary measures (e.g. curfew)
- There is a curfew between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am in FBiH. An exception to the curfew are persons with special permission, including employees and state officials such as firefighters, police officers and medical staff. No curfew imposed in RS.
- Obligation to wear masks outdoors, in stores, public traffic, shopping centres, health and social institutions, etc.
Restrictions on the use of certain premises, such as offices, hotels, restaurants (hospitality), commercial units and logistics centres. Is there any kind of restriction on the use of residential properties?
- The use of offices is not prohibited, but all office premises, commercial units and logistics centres may operate only if applying the health and safety measures, e.g. cleaning, disinfection and ventilation.
- Meetings with a large number of participants should not be held in offices. If a meeting is necessary, it is obligatory to ensure a spacious meeting room, a distance of 1 to 2 m between the participants, and necessary health equipment (e.g. masks).
- Restaurants, other food serving businesses and coffee shops are allowed to operate with limited working hours: from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm in RS and from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm (in line with the curfews) in FBiH.
- Hotels are open for guests.
Have events been closed?
- Public gatherings are limited to 30 people in FBiH and to 50 people in RS, while private gatherings in RS are additionally limited to 10 people. In all gatherings, social distance of at least 2 m must be maintained.
- All sporting events are allowed, but without the presence of spectators (some local governments in FBiH allowed for an exception).
- Movie theatres and other cultural facilities are allowed to organise public events, but with a limit to 70 people in FBiH and 50 people in RS. Health and safety measures apply.
Measures concerning lease agreements, e.g. keep-open obligations, ban on rent increase or the termination of leases
- There are no specific measures in place concerning lease agreements.
Payment moratorium on mortgages affecting real estate financing
- A moratorium on all (re)payments under bank loan agreements (including loans secured by mortgages) is in place as a single measure for a period of six months and for 12 months when combined with other measures. However, the deadline to apply for the measure lapsed on 31 December 2020 and has not been extended.
Protection against enforcement
- There are no specific restriction measures adopted to protect against enforcement.
- There is no specific governmental action regarding building sites and construction. Construction work may be performed, provided that the contractors and their employees or workers comply with all prescribed measures. Construction sites are currently operational.
- The state of accident/emergency has been terminated in both FBiH and RS.
Case law on the coronavirus crisis affecting the real estate sector
- There is no case law available yet.