High costs for new constructions in Iran

How high are realtors´ and lawyers´ fees in Iran? What about other property purchase costs?

Transaction Costs

Who Pays?
Transfer Tax 3% - 5% buyer
Stamp Duty 0.50% buyer
Registration Fee 0.10% buyer
Costs paid by buyer 3.60 - 5.60%
Costs paid by seller 0%
See Footnotes
Source: Global Property Guide

How difficult is the property purchase process in Iran?

Foreigners may own or lease property in Iran provided such property is for commercial or industrial use, or for a personal residence. Foreigners may not own agricultural lands. If a foreign resident changes his domicile, he is required to transfer the title of his immovable property to an Iranian or a duly qualified foreigner within six months of departure, to prevent adjudication by the Land Registration Office .

For nonresidents, the Council of Ministers may grant the right of ownership of a dwelling to foreigners who lack permanent residence permit but travel regularly to Iran for tourism and seasonal recreation.

The following steps should be followed:

  • Obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate from the Economic Affairs and Finance department and the municipality.
  • Secure a certificate of completion of the property erected on the land from the municipality.
  • Secure a social security clearance certificate must from the Social Security Organization.
  • A notary then prepares and notarizes a deed.
  • The notary registers the title at the Real Estate Registration Department, who sends an abstract of the deed.

Footnotes to Transaction Costs Table

Transfer Tax
Transfer tax is levied at a flat rate of 5% of the property value.


Up to 40 million (US$1,231) 3%
Over 40 million (US$1,231) 5%
Source: Global Property Guide

Stamp Duty
Stamp duty is levied at a flat rate of 0.50% of the property value.

Registration Fee
Various registration costs are around 0.10% of the property value.