Fortunately this has changed. The system now aims to protect the interests of both buyer and seller, and when buying a property such problems can be avoided.
All information concerning real estate is available to everyone – at the land registry, or at the town hall – but you have to know where and how to find this information.
That is why it is always advisable when buying a house to have a lawyer involved. He or she can – for a small part of the purchase price – save you a lot of trouble.