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    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

    Getting property in Cyprus has a number of prospective mistakes. The British High Commission recommends potential purchasers to exercise severe caution when buying a property if the title deeds are not easily offered, as it means your property could be at risk.

    Home loan liability

    It prevails practice for designers to take out mortgages on land or property. If you sign a contract with a designer and there is already a home loan, loan or claim on the property, then you are likely to become responsible for that mortgage ought to the home builder, developer or landowner declare bankruptcy.

    You must ask your attorney to look for home mortgages put on the land through a Land Search Certificate which is gotten from the Land Registry. It ought to be kept in mind that in order to get a Land Browse Certificate one needs a pertinent authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made mindful of a home loan before signing an agreement it is not likely that you will obtain the deeds in your name up until the mortgage is paid off.

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    Attorneys are not needed to check for home loans immediately, although good legal representatives need to do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Federal government presented a Particular Efficiency Law to provide a contract of sale precedence over any pre-existing home mortgage nevertheless we still highly suggest that you examine no mortgages have actually been put on the land prior to buy to guarantee you do not face prospective difficulties at a later date.

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    Other issues most frequently raised by British nationals include:

    • legal representatives acting for both suppliers or home builders therefore not independent
    • developing works occurring without the appropriate preparation consent or building license (eg electrical power or water).
    • variations in currency and rate of interest affecting home loans.
    • payment plans or charges not being included in the initial contract.
    • trouble in getting certificates of final conclusion (deeds can not be released without this).
    • problem in getting title deeds.
    • problem in getting redress after issues are identified.
      With all property purchases, we highly recommend that you seek your own independent legal suggestions.

    If you have actually acquired a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you should seek qualified independent legal recommendations on your rights and techniques of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Workplace (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to offer legal guidance or become included with conflicts in between personal parties. Nevertheless, we direct British nationals to organisations who may have the ability to assist and we can raise systemic problems, problems which affect a number of consumers, with local authorities.

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

    Buying property in the north of Cyprus.

    The ownership of many homes is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from individuals displaced in 1974. Purchase of these residential or commercial properties could have severe monetary and legal implications. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in a variety of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be considered as the legal owners of that property.

    Purchasers could deal with legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, along with attempts to enforce judgments from these courts in other places in the EU, including the UK. There has actually been at least one effective case to enforce rulings in the UK, endangering property owned in the UK.

    One essential issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible purchasers should also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem might have major effects for property they purchase, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to settlement payments.

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

    Purchasers need to ensure they are completely familiar with the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of foreigners purchasing property, including the requirement to get consent to the transfer of property. Even when acquiring pre-1974 Turkish title land, you might still be refused approval to acquire the land/property and no reason for the refusal might be offered.

    On 20 October 2006, a change to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code relating to property entered result. Under the change, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the approval of the owner (the individual whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. The optimum jail sentence is 7 years.

    The change to the law likewise mentions that any attempt to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offense and could result in a jail sentence of up to 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that took place prior to 20 October 2006.

    Also 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 discovered in possession of these files might be asked to make a declaration to the Cypriot authorities and could deal with criminal proceedings under the 20 October amendment.

    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.

    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 nationwide and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the successor of someone meeting those criteria), please call the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. If you wish to try to reclaim your property, they will be able to examine your file and recommend on what steps to take.

    The British High Commission is unable to help dual nationals in the nation of their other nationality. If you are a dual British/Cypriot national you ought to approach your local authorities in respect of claims for pre-1974 title deeds.

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

    Persons considering the purchase of unmovable property (such as land) in the SBAs need to be aware that the authorization of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Locations is needed under section 3 of the Immovable Property Acquisition (Control) Ordinance 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 presently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has actually previously gotten authorization. Failure to acquire the permission of the Administrator means that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will provide approval only in the most extraordinary situations.

    You need to also be aware that it is an offense for individuals aside from “recognised residents” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any duration of 12 months, other than in accordance with an authorization provided under that Regulation. Again, you may look for a certificate of recognised residence or an authorization, but the Administration only seldom grant giving these.

    Further details.

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

    Associations.

    If the company, or legal advisor, you have dealt with is a member of AIPP and you are unhappy with the services offered, you can write to the AIPP who have a disciplinary treatment.

    Legal advice.

    British citizens affected by property problems should take independent legal recommendations from local lawyers.

    Regional cops.

    If you believe that you have actually been subject to a property criminal activity, you must make a statement to the local police. Keep in mind to obtain a copy of the statement and request for the incident number. Please note, there might be a time constraint in between the time of the alleged crime and the time within which you make your problem.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (likewise referred to 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 flexibility versus actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some limitations) and authorities of the main federal government and local administrations along with anybody serving as agents or partners of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public goals or services. Contact information are on their site.

    It is essential to note that the Ombudsman may not step in under the following scenarios:.

    • whenever the public administration has not been involved.
    • in the event of conflicts or disagreements between individuals.
    • When the citizen had knowledge of the occasions of his grievance, after one year from the moment.
    • in the event of anonymous complaints, without specific claims presenting bad faith or any claims that might harm genuine rights of 3rd parties.
    • in case of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • problems against legal representatives.

    Problems versus lawyers practising in the Republic of Cyprus must be resolved 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.

    Website: www.cyprusbarassociation.org.

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

    Preliminary investigations into complaints occur within the relevant district however 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, e-mail: gurcanbayramoglu@hotmail.com phone: 0090392816 06 22.
    • Famagusta: contact individual: Mine Vehit, e-mail: mine-vehit@hotmail.com phone: 0090392366 16 88.
    • Morphou: contact individual: Mehtun Muslu, e-mail: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Grievances against the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Problems 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.

    We have released recommendations(Link) on which UK authorities to get in touch with if you think you have been a victim of property fraud.

    If you were living in the UK when you made your purchase you might wish to get in touch with the UK European Consumer Centre. This becomes part of the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to help consumers with cross-border disagreements. When issues develop if they think it may assist, the UK European Consumer Centre provides info and recommendations on issues with buying across borders and can arbitrate.

    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 information works, please be aware that it is not intended to be the only assistance for prospective buyers to follow when considering buying. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or accuracy of the info which is offered at the web addresses listed in this guide, nor can we accept any responsibility for the material that is hosted on them. We highly advise that prospective buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial guidance at all phases of their purchase.

    The European Court of Human being Rights has 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 purchasers ought to likewise think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue could have severe consequences for property they purchase, including the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. Under the amendment, buying, selling, renting, promoting or mortgaging a property without the consent of the owner (the person whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. We strongly advise that potential buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary guidance at all stages of their purchase.

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    Useful Links:

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