Total transaction costs are low in Peru

Taxation Researcher | January 10, 2023

What are the additional costs and taxes when buying property in Peru? How high are realtors´ and lawyers´ fees and who pays for which cost? Read more below and find out.

In this article, we will discuss all the extra costs, taxes and legal fees associated with buying real estate in Peru. But first, let’s take a look at the whole process of buying property in Peru.

Purchasing real estate in Peru as a foreigner

Foreign residents and nonresidents alike may buy Peruvian property. Investment in Peruvian real estate property does not require government approval, except if such property is close to Peru´s frontiers. Foreigners are restricted to own property near government installations and military bases.

Real estate ownership is generally absolute. It is recommended to be represented by a real estate agent during the transaction. The whole process of registering a property can be completed in around 6 to 16 days.

Transfer of real property must be made by public deed. Notary publics are obliged to report to the tax authorities all transfers they register. All deeds must be hand-written and kept in the notary´s registry.

To ensure that the title is clean, a Property Registry Certificate must be obtained from the property registry. This ascertains the property´s existence and information details, and if it is free of mortgage debt, liens, or any other encumbrance.

The Notary Public prepares and files the Sale Purchase Agreement (SPA), or "minuta", for registration and to be converted to a public deed. It is advisable to use the option to "block" the property register for 60 days while the SPA has not yet been converted to a public deed. This can be done through a pre-emptive registration to prevent any third party filings.

Costs when buying a property in Peru

Transaction Costs

Who Pays?
Transfer Tax (Alcabala) 3.00% buyer
Notary Fees 0.0025% - 0.81% buyer
Registration Fee 0.81% buyer
Real Estate Agent´s Fee 3.00% - 5.00% seller
Costs paid by buyer 3.91% - 4.06%
Costs paid by seller 3.00% - 5.00%
ROUNDTRIP TRANSACTION COSTS 6.91% - 9.06%
See Footnotes
Source: Global Property Guide


Footnotes to transaction costs table


An official established tax unit (Unidad Impositiva Tributaria or UIT) is used to determine the tax liability. The UIT is a benchmark figure established to maintain the taxes, deductions, etc. at constant proportions to income.

Transfer Tax
Transfer tax is generally levied at 3%. The tax base is the municipal value of the property exceeding the 10 official established tax units (Unidad Impositiva Tributaria or UIT.

The UIT value for 2016 is PEN3,950 (US$1,162). The UIT value for 2017 is PEN4,050 (US$1,191). The UIT value for 2018 is PEN4,150 (US$1,221). The UIT value for 2019 is PEN4,200 (US$1,235). The UIT value for 2020 is PEN4,300 (US$1,265). The UIT value for 2021 is PEN4,400 (US$1,294). The UIT value for 2022 is PEN4,600 (US$1,353).

Notary Fee
Notary fees are levied at 0.10% to 0.25% of the property value.

Registration Fee
Registration fee is levied at 0.81% of 1 official established tax unit (Unidad Impositiva Tributaria or UIT, plus 2.5/1000 or 0.0025% of the property value over 14 UIT.

The UIT value for 2016 is PEN3,950 (US$1,162). The UIT value for 2017 is PEN4,050 (US$1,191). The UIT value for 2018 is PEN4,150 (US$1,221). The UIT value for 2019 is PEN4,200 (US$1,235). The UIT value for 2020 is PEN4,300 (US$1,265). The UIT value for 2021 is PEN4,400 (US$1,294). The UIT value for 2022 is PEN4,600 (US$1,353).