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    Cyprus: buying property

    Info on laws and taxes for British nationals who want to buy property in Cyprus.

    Introduction

    Acquiring property in Cyprus has a variety of potential pitfalls. The British High Commission recommends potential purchasers to exercise extreme care when buying a property if the title deeds are not readily available, as it implies your property could be at risk.

    Mortgage liability

    It is common practice for developers to get home mortgages on land or property. If you sign a contract with a designer and there is currently a home mortgage, loan or claim on the property, then you are most likely to become liable for that home loan ought to the contractor, developer or landowner state insolvency.

    You ought to ask your lawyer to check for home loans put on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is gotten from the Land Registry. It must be kept in mind that in order to obtain a Land Search Certificate one needs an appropriate authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made mindful of a home loan prior to signing an agreement it is unlikely that you will acquire the deeds in your name till the home mortgage is paid off.

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    Attorneys are not needed to look for mortgages automatically, although great attorneys need to do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Government introduced a Particular Performance Law to offer a contract of sale precedence over any pre-existing mortgage nevertheless we still strongly advise that you examine no home loans have been put on the land prior to buy to guarantee you do not encounter prospective problems at a later date.

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    Other issues most often raised by British nationals consist of:

    • attorneys acting for both vendors or contractors therefore not independent
    • constructing works occurring without the appropriate preparation authorization or building authorization (eg electrical power or water).
    • changes in currency and interest rates impacting home mortgages.
    • payment plans or costs not being consisted of in the initial contract.
    • trouble in getting certificates of last completion (deeds can not be issued without this).
    • trouble in obtaining title deeds.
    • difficulty in acquiring redress after problems are identified.
      With all property purchases, we highly suggest that you seek your own independent legal recommendations.

    You ought to look for competent independent legal guidance on your rights and approaches of redress if you have purchased a property or land and are encountering troubles.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to use legal suggestions or end up being included with disputes between private parties. We direct British nationals to organisations who might be able to assist and we can raise systemic issues, issues which affect a number of consumers, with regional authorities.

    You can check on 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 lots of properties is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these residential or commercial properties might have severe monetary and legal implications. The European Court of Human Rights has actually ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be considered the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers might deal with legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, in addition to efforts to impose judgments from these courts in other places in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one effective case to impose rulings in the UK, threatening property owned in the UK.

    One key concern is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible purchasers must likewise think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue might have major effects for property they purchase, including the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to compensation payments.

    • 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”.

    Purchasers should ensure they are completely knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of foreigners purchasing property, consisting of the requirement to obtain consent to the transfer of property. Even when buying pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be refused approval to acquire the land/property and no reason for the refusal may be given.

    On 20 October 2006, a modification to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code associating with property entered result. Under the modification, buying, selling, renting, promoting or mortgaging a property without the permission of the owner (the person whose ownership is signed up with the Republic of Cyprus Land Pc registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. The optimum jail sentence is 7 years.

    The amendment to the law also mentions that any effort to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offence and could result in a prison sentence of approximately 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that occurred prior to 20 October 2006.

    Documents relating to the purchase of property in the north of Cyprus will be presumed by the Cypriot authorities to relate to the unlawful transfer of Greek Cypriot property and may be subject to confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody found in ownership of these files might be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and might deal with criminal proceedings under the 20 October amendment.

    Any queries regarding the scope of this law must 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.

    Duty 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 before 1974.

    If you are a British national and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the successor of somebody conference those requirements), please call the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. If you wish to attempt to recover your property, they will be able to examine your file and advise on what steps to take.

    The British High Commission is unable to assist dual nationals in the country of their other citizenship. , if you are a dual British/Cypriot nationwide you should 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 Areas (SBAs).

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

    The requirement for authorization exists whether property is currently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has formerly acquired permission. Failure to obtain the permission of the Administrator indicates that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will provide consent only in the most remarkable situations.

    You need to likewise be aware that it is an offense for individuals other than “identified locals” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any duration of 12 months, other than in accordance with a permit released under that Ordinance. Again, you might look for a certificate of recognised residence or a license, but the Administration only rarely grant granting these.

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    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are extremely comparable throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get associated with private property problems or legal disagreements, however supports neighborhood associations that are devoted to fixing the problems of property purchasers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal guidance.

    British residents affected by property issues should take independent legal suggestions from local attorneys.

    Local police.

    You should make a declaration to the local cops if you think that you have been subject to a property crime. Remember to obtain a copy of the declaration and request for the occurrence number. Please note, there may be a time limitation between the time of the alleged criminal activity and the time within which you make your grievance.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (likewise referred to as Commissioner of Administration and Security of Human Rights).

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of citizens, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to protect their rights and flexibility versus actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some limitations) and authorities of the central federal government and regional administrations in addition to anyone acting 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 may not intervene under the following scenarios:.

    • whenever the public administration has not been included.
    • in the event of conflicts or disputes in between people.
    • after one year from the moment when the citizen understood the events of his complaint.
    • in case of anonymous grievances, without particular claims presenting bad faith or any claims that might damage legitimate rights of third parties.
    • in case of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial judgment.
    • complaints versus attorneys.

    Grievances versus lawyers practicing in the Republic of Cyprus should be addressed to:.

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

    Telephone: +357 22873300 Fax: +35722873013.

    Email: cybar3@cytanet.com.cy.

    Site: www.cyprusbarassociation.org.

    Complaints versus legal representatives practising in the north of Cyprus might be made in writing to the appropriate regional ‘Bar Association’. There is a separate ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

    Preliminary investigations into problems occur within the appropriate district but they are then passed onto the overall organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact information of regional ‘bar associations’:.

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

    Problems 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 learn more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Assist in the UK.

    If you think you have been a victim of property fraud, we have actually released recommendations on which UK authorities to call.

    When you made your purchase you might wish to call the UK European Consumer Centre, if you were living in the UK. This is part of the European Customer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been set up by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to help customers with cross-border disputes. The UK European Consumer Centre offers info and guidance on problems with buying across borders and can arbitrate when problems occur if they think it may help.

    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 understand that it is not intended to be the only guidance for prospective buyers to follow when considering making a purchase. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or accuracy of the information which is readily available at the web addresses listed in this guide, nor can we accept any obligation for the content that is hosted on them. We highly advise that potential buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial guidance at all stages of their purchase.

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

    One crucial concern is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and potential buyers should also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem could have severe repercussions for property they buy, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to settlement payments. 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 Pc registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. We strongly recommend that potential buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and financial recommendations at all phases of their purchase.

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    • Caution regarding property purchases in the occupied area of Cyprus(link)
    • Living in Cyprus(link)