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    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Intro

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

    Home loan liability

    It is common practice for developers to get mortgages on land or property. If you sign an agreement with a developer and there is already a home loan, loan or claim on the property, then you are likely to end up being responsible for that mortgage must the builder, designer or landowner declare insolvency.

    You need to ask your lawyer to check for home loans placed on the land through a Land Search Certificate which is obtained from the Land Computer system registry. It ought to be noted that in order to obtain a Land Browse Certificate one requires an appropriate authorisation from the Property’s owner. If you are made aware of a home loan prior to signing an agreement it is not likely that you will obtain the deeds in your name up until the mortgage is settled.

    Legal representatives are not required to look for mortgages immediately, although excellent attorneys need to do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Federal government introduced a Specific Efficiency Law to give an agreement of sale precedence over any pre-existing mortgage nevertheless we still strongly advise that you examine no mortgages have been placed on the land prior to buy to ensure you do not run into prospective difficulties at a later date.

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    Other problems most regularly raised by British nationals consist of:

    • legal representatives acting for both contractors or vendors therefore not independent
    • constructing works taking place without the right planning authorization or structure authorization (eg electrical power or water).
    • changes in currency and rate of interest affecting home mortgages.
    • payment plans or charges not being included in the initial contract.
    • difficulty in getting certificates of last completion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • difficulty in obtaining title deeds.
    • difficulty in obtaining redress after issues are identified.
      With all property purchases, we highly advise that you seek your own independent legal guidance.

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

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to provide legal recommendations or become included with disagreements between private parties. However, we direct British nationals to organisations who may have the ability to help and we can raise systemic issues, problems which affect a variety of customers, with regional authorities.

    You can check on 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 lots of properties is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with countless claims to ownership from individuals displaced in 1974. Purchase of these properties could have severe financial and legal ramifications. The European Court of Human Rights has actually 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 face legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, along with attempts to implement judgments from these courts in other places in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one effective case to implement judgments in the UK, putting at risk property owned in the UK.

    One essential problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible buyers must likewise consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem might have serious effects for property they acquire, including the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments.

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

    Buyers must ensure they are totally aware of the rules in the north of Cyprus in regard of immigrants purchasing property, including the requirement to get grant the transfer of property. Even when purchasing pre-1974 Turkish title land, you might still be refused consent to acquire the land/property and no factor for the rejection might be given.

    On 20 October 2006, a change to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code associating with property entered impact. Under the amendment, buying, selling, leasing, mortgaging a property or promoting without the approval of the owner (the person whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Pc registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. The maximum prison sentence is 7 years.

    The change to the law likewise states that any attempt to undertake such a deal is a criminal offence and could lead to a prison sentence of approximately 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that took place before 20 October 2006.

    Also documents connecting to the purchase of property in the north of Cyprus will be presumed by the Cypriot authorities to associate with the prohibited transfer of Greek Cypriot property and might undergo confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody found in possession of these files may be asked to make a declaration to the Cypriot authorities and might deal with criminal procedures under the 20 October amendment.

    Any enquiries concerning 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 workplace 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 before 1974 (or the beneficiary of someone conference those requirements), please call the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will be able to examine your file and encourage on what actions to take if you want to attempt to recover your property.

    The British High Commission is unable to assist double nationals in the nation of their other citizenship. , if you are a double British/Cypriot national you need to approach your local 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 immovable property (such as land) in the SBAs need to be aware that the consent of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas is required under section 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 presently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has actually previously obtained consent. Failure to obtain the approval of the Administrator suggests that the acquisition and registration of the stationary property in question is null and void. The Administrator will give authorization only in the most remarkable scenarios.

    You need to also know that it is an offense for individuals besides “acknowledged citizens” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, other than in accordance with a permit provided under that Regulation. Once again, you might obtain a certificate of acknowledged residence or a permit, but the Administration just rarely consents to approving these.

    More info.

    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are very similar throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is not able to get involved in individual property problems or legal conflicts, however supports community associations that are dedicated to resolving the problems of property purchasers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal suggestions.

    British citizens impacted by property issues should take independent legal suggestions from regional attorneys.

    Regional authorities.

    If you believe that you have actually gone through a property criminal activity, you need to make a declaration to the local police. Remember to obtain a copy of the statement and request the occurrence number. Please note, there may be a time limitation in between the time of the supposed crime and the time within which you make your grievance.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (also referred to as Commissioner of Administration and Defense of Human Rights).

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of people, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to safeguard their rights and flexibility against actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some limitations) and authorities of the main government and local administrations as well as anyone acting as agents or collaborators of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public goals or services. Contact information are on their site.

    It is important to note that the Ombudsman may not step in under the following circumstances:.

    • whenever the public administration has not been included.
    • in case of conflicts or disagreements in between individuals.
    • after one year from the moment when the resident understood the events of his problem.
    • in case of anonymous problems, without specific claims providing bad faith or any claims that may harm genuine rights of 3rd parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial judgment.
    • complaints against attorneys.

    Grievances against lawyers practising in the Republic of Cyprus ought to 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.

    Grievances versus lawyers 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.

    Initial investigations into complaints happen within the relevant district however they are then passed onto the general organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact details 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, e-mail: mine-vehit@hotmail.com phone: 0090392366 16 88.
    • Morphou: contact individual: Mehtun Muslu, e-mail: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Complaints versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Grievances against the legal system ought to be made to the Attorney General’s Office:.

    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 discover 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 released guidance on which UK authorities to contact.

    When you made your purchase you might want to call the UK European Consumer Centre, if you were living in the UK. This becomes part of the European Customer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to help consumers with cross-border disputes. When issues develop if they believe it may assist, the UK European Consumer Centre provides information and suggestions on problems 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 planned to be the only assistance for potential purchasers to follow when considering purchasing. 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 material that is hosted on them. We highly suggest that prospective buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary advice at all phases of their purchase.

    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 related to as the legal owners of that property.

    One crucial issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible purchasers ought to also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern might have severe repercussions for property they purchase, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to payment payments. Under the modification, buying, selling, leasing, mortgaging a property or promoting without the consent of the owner (the individual whose ownership is signed up with the Republic of Cyprus Land Pc registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. We highly advise that prospective buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and financial suggestions at all stages of their purchase.

    Related Links:

    Useful Links:

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