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    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

    Purchasing property in Cyprus has a variety of possible mistakes. The British High Commission recommends possible purchasers to work out severe caution when buying a property if the title deeds are not easily offered, as it indicates your property could be at risk.

    Mortgage liability

    It is common practice for developers to get home loans on land or property. If you sign an agreement with a developer and there is currently a home loan, loan or claim on the property, then you are most likely to end up being accountable for that mortgage should the contractor, designer or landowner state bankruptcy.

    You must ask your attorney to look for home loans put on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is gotten from the Land Registry. It must be noted that in order to get a Land Browse Certificate one needs a pertinent authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made aware of a mortgage prior to signing an agreement it is unlikely that you will obtain the deeds in your name till the mortgage is paid off.

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    Legal representatives are not required to check for home loans automatically, although good attorneys should 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 mortgage nevertheless we still highly suggest that you inspect no home mortgages have actually been placed on the land prior to purchase to guarantee you do not face prospective problems at a later date.

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    Other issues most regularly raised by British nationals include:

    • legal representatives acting for both contractors or suppliers therefore not independent
    • developing works happening without the appropriate preparation consent or building permit (eg electricity or water).
    • variations in currency and rates of interest affecting home mortgages.
    • payment plans or fees not being consisted of in the initial agreement.
    • problem in getting certificates of last completion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • problem in getting title deeds.
    • problem in acquiring redress after problems are identified.
      With all property purchases, we highly suggest that you seek your own independent legal recommendations.

    If you have bought a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you need to seek certified independent legal advice on your rights and approaches of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Advancement Workplace (FCDO) and the British High Commission are not able to use legal advice or become included with disagreements in between personal parties. We direct British nationals to organisations who may be able to assist and we can raise systemic issues, issues which impact a number of clients, with regional authorities.

    You can look at 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 challenged 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 serious financial and legal ramifications. 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 regarded as the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers could face legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as attempts to implement judgments from these courts elsewhere in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one successful case to enforce rulings in the UK, putting at risk 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 buyers ought to also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue might have major consequences for property they purchase, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to payment payments.

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

    Purchasers should guarantee they are fully aware of the rules in the north of Cyprus in regard of immigrants purchasing property, consisting of the requirement to acquire consent to the transfer of property. Even when acquiring pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be refused authorization to purchase the land/property and no factor for the refusal may be provided.

    On 20 October 2006, a change to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code connecting to property entered into impact. Under the modification, buying, selling, renting, mortgaging a property or promoting 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 maximum prison sentence is 7 years.

    The modification to the law likewise mentions that any effort to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offense and could lead to a prison sentence of approximately 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise transactions that happened before 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 might be subject to confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody found in belongings of these files might be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and could deal with criminal proceedings under the 20 October change.

    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.

    Responsibility 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 nationwide and owned a property in the north of Cyprus before 1974 (or the successor of someone meeting those requirements), please get in touch with the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will be able to inspect your file and advise on what steps to take if you wish to attempt to recover your property.

    The British High Commission is not able to help dual nationals in the nation of their other citizenship. If you are a dual British/Cypriot nationwide you need to approach your regional authorities in regard 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 require to be mindful that the consent 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 immovable 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 actually previously gotten authorization. Failure to get the consent of the Administrator implies that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will offer approval only in the most remarkable scenarios.

    You ought to also be aware that it is an offence for individuals besides “recognised homeowners” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, other than in accordance with an authorization provided under that Ordinance. Again, you may apply for a certificate of recognised house or a permit, however the Administration only rarely grant approving these.

    Additional details.

    A few of the issues that property purchasers experience are extremely comparable throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is not able to get involved in specific property problems or legal disagreements, however supports neighborhood associations that are committed to solving the issues of property buyers.

    Associations.

    If the company, or legal advisor, you have worked with belongs to AIPP and you are unhappy with the services supplied, you can write to the AIPP who have a disciplinary treatment.

    Legal suggestions.

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

    Regional cops.

    If you believe that you have gone through a property criminal activity, you ought to make a declaration to the local police. Remember to get a copy of the declaration and request for the incident number. Please note, there may be a time limitation in between the time of the alleged criminal offense and the time within which you make your grievance.

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

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of residents, including foreign nationals, in order to defend their rights and freedom against actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some constraints) and authorities of the central government and local administrations in addition to anybody acting as representatives or collaborators of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public objectives or services. Contact details are on their site.

    It is essential to keep in mind that the Ombudsman may not step in under the following circumstances:.

    • whenever the general public administration has actually not been included.
    • in the event of disputes or disputes between individuals.
    • When the citizen had understanding of the occasions of his problem, after one year from the moment.
    • in case of anonymous problems, without specific 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 ruling.
    • complaints against lawyers.

    Complaints versus attorneys practising in the Republic of Cyprus need 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.

    Site: www.cyprusbarassociation.org.

    Problems against lawyers practising in the north of Cyprus might be made in writing to the appropriate regional ‘Bar Association’. There is a different ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

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

    Contact details of local ‘bar associations’:.

    • Nicosia: contact individual: Arzu İzveren, email: 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 individual: Mehtun Muslu, email: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Complaints versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Grievances against the legal system must 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.

    Help in the UK.

    We have published suggestions(Link) on which UK authorities to contact if you believe you have actually been a victim of property fraud.

    If you were residing in the UK when you made your purchase you may want to get in touch with the UK European Consumer Centre. This belongs to the European Customer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to assist consumers with cross-border disagreements. When issues develop if they believe it might help, the UK European Consumer Centre provides details 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 know that it is not planned 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 information which is readily available at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any duty for the material that is hosted on them. We strongly suggest that potential buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary recommendations 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 prior to 1974 continue to be regarded as the legal owners of that property.

    One key concern is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective buyers need to also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem could have major repercussions for property they acquire, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. Under the amendment, buying, selling, leasing, mortgaging a property or promoting without the approval of the owner (the individual whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Computer system registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. We highly advise that potential purchasers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and monetary guidance at all phases of their purchase.

    Related Links:

    Useful Links:

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