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    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

    Details on laws and taxes for British nationals who wish to buy property in Cyprus.

    Intro

    Buying property in Cyprus has a number of prospective pitfalls. The British High Commission encourages possible purchasers to work out severe caution when buying a property if the title deeds are not easily available, as it means your property could be at risk.

    Home loan liability

    It prevails practice for developers to get mortgages on land or property. If you sign a contract with a designer and there is currently a home loan, loan or claim on the property, then you are most likely to end up being liable for that mortgage must the builder, designer or landowner declare personal bankruptcy.

    You must ask your legal representative to check for home loans put on the land through a Land Search Certificate which is gotten from the Land Windows registry. It must be noted that in order to acquire a Land Browse Certificate one needs an appropriate authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made aware of a home loan before signing an agreement it is unlikely that you will acquire the deeds in your name up until the home mortgage is paid off.

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    Attorneys are not needed to look for home mortgages instantly, although excellent lawyers need to do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Government introduced a Particular Performance Law to provide an agreement of sale precedence over any pre-existing home loan nevertheless we still highly advise that you check no home loans have actually been placed on the land prior to buy to guarantee you do not face possible problems at a later date.

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    Other concerns most often raised by British nationals include:

    • legal representatives acting for both suppliers or builders therefore not independent
    • developing works occurring without the correct preparation authorization or building license (eg electrical power or water).
    • fluctuations in currency and rates of interest affecting home mortgages.
    • payment plans or fees not being included in the preliminary agreement.
    • problem in acquiring certificates of last completion (deeds can not be released without this).
    • problem in obtaining title deeds.
    • difficulty in acquiring redress after problems are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we highly suggest that you seek your own independent legal advice.

    You ought to look for competent independent legal guidance on your rights and methods of redress if you have actually acquired a property or land and are encountering problems.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to provide legal guidance or become included with disputes in between personal parties. We direct British nationals to organisations who might be able to help and we can raise systemic issues, problems which impact a number of consumers, with local authorities.

    You can examine the Association of International Property Professionals website to see if a business or legal advisor are members.

    Buying property in the north of Cyprus.

    The ownership of many properties is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with countless claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these properties could have severe financial and legal ramifications. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus before 1974 continue to be regarded as the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers might face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, along with efforts to enforce judgments from these courts elsewhere in the EU, consisting of the UK. There has been at least one successful case to implement rulings in the UK, threatening property owned in the UK.

    The leaders of both neighborhoods are currently in negotiations to try to solve the Cyprus issue. One crucial issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Homeowner and prospective buyers should likewise think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue could have serious repercussions for property they acquire, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to settlement payments. In particular, prospective buyers should think about the ramifications of any future settlement on land/property:.

    • in the north of Cyprus that was owned by a Greek Cypriot national prior to 1974 * ^ that was subsequently categorized as exchange or ‘present’ land/property by the Turkish Cypriot “authorities”.

    Buyers ought to ensure they are fully aware of the rules in the north of Cyprus in regard of foreigners acquiring property, consisting of the requirement to acquire grant the transfer of property. Even when buying pre-1974 Turkish title land, you might still be declined authorization to purchase the land/property and no factor for the rejection may be given.

    On 20 October 2006, a modification to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code relating to property came into effect. Under the modification, buying, selling, leasing, mortgaging a property or promoting without the approval of the owner (the individual whose ownership is signed up with the Republic of Cyprus Land Registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. The maximum prison sentence is 7 years.

    The amendment to the law likewise mentions that any effort to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offense and could result in a prison sentence of as much as 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise transactions that happened before 20 October 2006.

    Likewise files associating with the purchase of property in the north of Cyprus will be presumed by the Cypriot authorities to connect to the illegal transfer of Greek Cypriot property and may be subject to confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anyone found in belongings of these documents may be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and might deal with criminal proceedings under the 20 October change.

    Any enquiries regarding the scope of this law need to be made to the Republic of Cyprus High Commission in London or to the Ministry of Foreign affairs for the Republic of Cyprus:.

    RoC High Commission London.
    13, St James’s Square.
    London SW1Y 4LB.

    Telephone: +44 (0) 207 3214 100.

    Email: cyprusinuk@mfa.gov.uk.

    RoC Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Presidential Palace Avenue.
    1447 Nicosia.

    Telephone: +357 22651000.

    Fax: +357 22661881.

    Responsibility Officer: +357 99 660129 (for emergency assistance and strictly after office hours: 07:30– 16:00 (Monday – Friday).

    Email: info@mfa.gov.cy.

    Property owned prior to 1974.

    If you are a British national and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the beneficiary of somebody meeting those requirements), please contact the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will have the ability to examine your file and advise on what actions to take if you wish to try to reclaim your property.

    The British High Commission is unable to assist dual nationals in the country of their other nationality. , if you are a double British/Cypriot nationwide you ought to approach your regional authorities in regard of claims for pre-1974 title deeds.

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    Buying property or land in the Sovereign Base Locations (SBAs).

    Persons thinking about the purchase of stationary property (such as land) in the SBAs require to be aware that the approval of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Locations is required under area 3 of the Immovable Property Acquisition (Control) Regulation 1972 for a non-Cypriot or for a non-Cypriot corporation to acquire unmovable property in the SBAs.

    The requirement for approval exists whether property is currently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has previously obtained approval. Failure to get the approval of the Administrator indicates that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will provide approval only in the most exceptional circumstances.

    You must likewise know that it is an offence for individuals aside from “acknowledged residents” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, other than in accordance with an authorization released under that Regulation. Again, you may apply for a certificate of acknowledged home or an authorization, however the Administration only rarely consents to giving these.

    More information.

    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are very similar throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is not able to get involved in private property issues or legal disputes, but supports neighborhood associations that are devoted to resolving the problems of property purchasers.

    Associations.

    If the company, or legal consultant, you have actually worked with belongs to AIPP and you are dissatisfied with the services provided, you can write to the AIPP who have a disciplinary treatment.

    Legal recommendations.

    British residents affected by property problems should take independent legal guidance from regional legal representatives.

    Local police.

    If you believe that you have gone through a property crime, you must make a declaration to the local police. Remember to get a copy of the statement and request the incident number. Please note, there might be a time constraint between the time of the alleged criminal offense and the time within which you make your problem.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (likewise known as Commissioner of Administration and Defense of Human Rights).

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of citizens, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to protect their rights and freedom against actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some restrictions) and authorities of the main federal government and local administrations as well as anybody functioning as agents or partners of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public goals or services. Contact details are on their site.

    It is very important to note that the Ombudsman might not step in under the following situations:.

    • whenever the general public administration has not been involved.
    • in the event of disputes or conflicts between individuals.
    • after one year from the minute when the resident knew the occasions of his grievance.
    • in the event of confidential problems, without specific claims providing bad faith or any claims that might damage genuine rights of third parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • problems against legal representatives.

    Complaints against legal representatives practicing in the Republic of Cyprus ought to be resolved to:.

    The Cyprus Bar Association.
    Florinis 11, off.101, 1st Floor,.
    1065, Nicosia P.O.Box. 21446,.
    1508, Nicosia– Cyprus.

    Telephone: +357 22873300 Fax: +35722873013.

    Email: cybar3@cytanet.com.cy.

    Website: www.cyprusbarassociation.org.

    Grievances versus legal representatives practicing in the north of Cyprus might be made in writing to the relevant local ‘Bar Association’. There is a different ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

    Initial examinations into problems take place within the relevant district but they are then passed onto the overall organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact details of local ‘bar associations’:.

    • Nicosia: contact person: Arzu İzveren, email: barolarbirligi@hotmail.com phone: 0090392227 73 39.
    • Kyrenia: contact person: Gürcan Bayramoğlu, e-mail: gurcanbayramoglu@hotmail.com phone: 0090392816 06 22.
    • Famagusta: contact individual: Mine Vehit, email: mine-vehit@hotmail.com phone: 0090392366 16 88.
    • Morphou: contact individual: Mehtun Muslu, email: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Complaints versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Complaints against the legal system should be made to the Attorney General’s Workplace:.

    Mr George L. Savvides.
    Attorney General.
    Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus.
    1403 Nicosia.
    Cyprus

    European Commissioner.

    There is a European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. Their address is:.

    Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers.
    European Commission.
    1049 Brussels.
    Belgium.

    You can find out more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Assist in the UK.

    If you believe you have been a victim of property scams, we have actually released suggestions on which UK authorities to get in touch with.

    When you made your purchase you may wish to contact the UK European Consumer Centre, if you were living in the UK. This is part of the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to assist consumers with cross-border conflicts. The UK European Consumer Centre gives details and advice on issues with buying across borders and can arbitrate when issues emerge if they believe it may assist.

    Address:.

    UK European Consumer Centre.
    Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
    1 Sylvan Court.
    Sylvan Way.
    Southfields Business Park.
    Basildon.
    Essex SS15 6TH.

    Telephone: +44 (0) 1268 886 690.

    Fax: +44( 0 )1268 582 225.

    Email address: eccnet-uk@ec.europa.eu.

    Disclaimer.

    While we hope that this info works, please be aware that it is not meant to be the only assistance for potential purchasers to follow when considering making a purchase. In addition, we make no representation regarding the quality or accuracy of the details which is available at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any duty for the content that is hosted on them. We highly suggest that potential purchasers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and monetary suggestions at all phases of their purchase.

    The European Court of Person Rights has actually ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be regarded as the legal owners of that property.

    One essential problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and potential buyers should likewise consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue might have serious consequences for property they acquire, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to payment payments. Under the amendment, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the consent of the owner (the individual whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Computer registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. We strongly suggest that potential buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and monetary suggestions at all stages of their purchase.

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