Can the Mexican government seize expats’ property?

MEXLAW International, a company dedicated to provide Real Estate and Legal services, based in Montreal, Canada, with branch offices in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Quintana Roo, published the following article on its webiste mexlaw.ca:

The most common fear we hear from foreigners interested in buying property in Mexicois, Can the government take my property? There are stories in the news about foreigners investing in Mexican real estate to later have it taken from them with no recourse. Using a Mexican lawyer during your real estate purchase will guarantee you title on the property, making it virtually impossible for someone to seize your home.

Ejido Land

The ejido is property which Mexican Nationals are given the right to use by the government for living and working, typically farming.  Do not buy Ejido land, you may be offered a great piece of real estate at an incredible price,

This land is not for private sale and as a foreigner, you may be considered a trespasser and be removed from the property. Foreigners have paid good money and even received a contract of the sale but in the end, they do not legally own Ejido land.

50 Year Trust

There is some confusion over ownership of property inside the restricted area, which is held in a trust called a Fideicomiso. Because it is held in 50 year increments people fear they will lose their rights to the property after it expires; this is not the case. The real estate trust is not a lease; it is simply renewed and can be passed on to your heirs.

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