Real estate companies (including letting) and other property operators have an obligation in accordance with the Act on Preventing Money Laundering to identify their customers and their representatives. From the perspective of real estate and letting agencies, this information is of course essential and necessary when a customer relationship is formed and maintained.
The Federation of Real Estate Agency and the Regional State Administrative Agency have both given their own sector-specific instructions on how to fulfil the obligations for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.
Estate agencies are obliged to verify the identity of their customers, investigate their political influence (PEP), produce customer-specific risk assessments and check if their customers are included on sanctions or asset freezing lists. Furthermore, the beneficial owners must be investigated in the case of corporate customers. Customer due diligence data must be kept up to date; in other words, the data must be regularly updated.