Video: What to do if someone has illegally sold your property in Costa Rica

One of the ultimate nightmares of owning property in Costa Rica is finding out that criminals have fraudulently sold your own property out from under you.

Here’s a video from Costa Rican attorney Roger Petersen explaining what to do if this happens to you.



Contact Roger Petersen at (506) 2288-2189 ext. 101 or at Read his blog at


    William | October 20, 2016

  1. Thank you for the information. I have been dealing with the theft of my property for the past four years. I finally have a court date set for early next year.

  2. Bill Smith | October 24, 2016

  3. It has happened to me ? I could use your services

  4. George Sheptak | October 24, 2016

  5. What is the cost to place a mortage bond on a 8000 m2 empty lot in Guanacaste

  6. Roger Petersen | October 24, 2016

  7. Hello all. Thank you for commenting. Always sorry to hear that good people are being subjected to this type of crime. The legislature currently has a bill pending that would allow the National Registry in specific cases to revert the title back. I hope they pass it. We are also pressuring for an electronic (digital) recording system that would require biometric identification which would reduce the fraudulent activity. The technology exists if Costa Rica wanted to be at the forefront of implementing this kind of electronic verification system.

  8. Roger Petersen | October 24, 2016

  9. George. The cost of putting a mortgage bond (cedula hipotecaria) depends on the amount. Assume you put a $50,000 mortgage bond on a property the cost would be $1,028. The breakdown is set forth below using the national registry and Costa Rica Bar Association fee schedule.

    c. 27,250,000.00


    Timbre del Archivo Nacional ¢20.00
    Timbre del Colegio de Abogados ¢10,000.00
    Timbre del Registro Nacional ¢27,250.00
    Timbre Municipal ¢54,500.00
    Timbre Agrario ¢40,875.00

    TOTAL EN TIMBRES ¢132,645.00



  10. Janis Deckert | November 4, 2016

  11. I’m planning to by a home in Costa Rica, how do I avoid people selling my house?

  12. Brian Schaller | November 7, 2016

  13. Vote Hilary! She won’t discriminate against ANY Latinos!

  14. sharon | November 11, 2016

  15. Dear Mr. Petersen

    Can you help me with an illegal sale of a boat in Costa Rica?

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