The Kosovo Property Agency (KPA) was established as an independent Agency by the promulgation of UNMIK Regulation 2006/10 on the Resolution of Claims Relating to Private Immovable Property, Including Agricultural and Commercial property. UNMIK Regulation 2006/10 was amended by UNMIK Regulation 2006/50 of the same name which provided the Agency with a clear mandate and a division of roles between its three main bodies, namely the Executive Secretariat, the Kosovo Property Claims Commission (KPCC) and the Supervisory Board. Following the non-extension of UNMIK Regulation 2006/50 which ceased to have legal effect on 31 December 2008, the Agency is operating under The Assembly of Kosovo Law No. 03/L-079 amending UNMIK Regulation 2006/50, which itself was amended by Assembly of Kosovo Law No. 04/L-155.
The KPA is mandated to receive and register and through the KPCC to resolve claims resulting from the armed conflict that occurred between 27 February 1998 and 20 June 1999 in respect of private immovable property, including agricultural and commercial property. Decisions taken by the KPCC are subject to a right of appeal only to the Supreme Court of Kosovo.
The KPA operates out of its main offices in Prishtinë/Prishtina; Gjilan/Gnjilane; Mitrovicë/Mitrovica (with satellite offices in both the northern and southern part of the city); Pejë/Pec; and Prizren. In addition, the UNHCR has established two property offices to provide assistance to any person who has submitted a claim to the Kosovo Property Agency which are located in Belgrade and Kragujevac in the Republic of Serbia
In relation to the KPAs mandate to receive claims relating to private immovable property, including agricultural and commercial property, the claims intake commenced on 5 April 2006 and closed on 3 December 2007.
The KPA was also mandated to deal with a limited number of activities which fell within the mandate of the Housing and Property Directorate (HPD) established under UNMIK Regulation 2000/23, whose closure coincided with the establishment of the KPA. Namely the implementation of Housing and Property Claims Commission (HPCC) decisions which were pending enforcement in addition to the management of properties under the administration of the HPD. In exercising this aspect of its mandate, the KPA was vested with the rights, obligations, responsibilities and powers of the HPD. Further the HPD’s physical assets were transferred to the KPA, and a certain number of its personnel were redeployed to carry out similar duties within the KPA.
The KPA welcomes and encourages the collaboration and cooperation from everyone that this undertaking, which has been conferred on the KPA, both deserves and requires in order to be implemented successfully.