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    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

    Getting property in Cyprus has a number of potential pitfalls. The British High Commission advises potential purchasers to exercise extreme caution when buying a property if the title deeds are not readily offered, as it suggests your property could be at risk.

    Home mortgage liability

    It prevails practice for designers to take out home loans on land or property. If you sign a contract with a developer and there is already a home loan, loan or claim on the property, then you are most likely to become accountable for that mortgage ought to the builder, developer or landowner state insolvency.

    You should ask your lawyer to look for home loans placed on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is gotten from the Land Computer system registry. It ought to be noted that in order to obtain a Land Search Certificate one needs a pertinent authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made conscious of a home mortgage before signing an agreement it is not likely that you will acquire the deeds in your name until the mortgage is paid off.

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    Lawyers are not required to check for mortgages instantly, although excellent attorneys should do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Federal government presented a Particular Performance Law to provide an agreement of sale precedence over any pre-existing home loan nevertheless we still strongly suggest that you check no home mortgages have been put on the land prior to buy to ensure you do not face possible troubles at a later date.

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    Other problems most regularly raised by British nationals include:

    • attorneys acting for both suppliers or home builders for that reason not independent
    • constructing works taking place without the appropriate planning consent or structure license (eg electricity or water).
    • fluctuations in currency and rates of interest impacting home mortgages.
    • payment plans or charges not being included in the preliminary agreement.
    • difficulty in getting certificates of final completion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • trouble in acquiring title deeds.
    • difficulty in acquiring redress after problems are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we highly recommend that you seek your own independent legal guidance.

    You need to seek certified independent legal suggestions on your rights and approaches of redress if you have actually acquired a property or land and are experiencing problems.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to offer legal suggestions or end up being included with conflicts in between personal celebrations. However, we direct British nationals to organisations who might have the ability to help and we can raise systemic issues, issues which impact a variety of customers, with regional authorities.

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

    Buying property in the north of Cyprus.

    The ownership of lots of homes is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these homes could have severe financial and legal implications. The European Court of Human Rights has actually ruled in a variety of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus before 1974 continue to be considered the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers could deal with legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as attempts to enforce judgments from these courts in other places in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one successful case to implement judgments in the UK, threatening property owned in the UK.

    The leaders of both neighborhoods are currently in negotiations to attempt to resolve the Cyprus concern. One essential concern is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and potential purchasers need to also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue could have major consequences for property they buy, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. In particular, potential purchasers should think about the ramifications of any future settlement on land/property:.

    • 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 ought to guarantee they are completely knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of immigrants acquiring property, including the requirement to get grant the transfer of property. Even when acquiring pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be refused authorization to acquire the land/property and no reason for the refusal might be given.

    On 20 October 2006, a modification to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code relating to property entered into impact. Under the change, buying, selling, renting, mortgaging a property or promoting without the permission of the owner (the person 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. The optimum jail sentence is 7 years.

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

    Likewise documents associating with the purchase of property in the north of Cyprus will be presumed by the Cypriot authorities to connect to the unlawful transfer of Greek Cypriot property and might be subject to confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody found in ownership of these files may be asked to make a declaration to the Cypriot authorities and might face criminal procedures under the 20 October modification.

    Any enquiries relating to 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 national and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the heir of somebody meeting those criteria), please contact the British High Commission by e-mail, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will be able to check your file and encourage on what actions to take if you wish to attempt to recover your property.

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

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

    Individuals thinking about the purchase of unmovable property (such as land) in the SBAs require to be conscious that the consent of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Locations is required under section 3 of the Immovable Property Acquisition (Control) Ordinance 1972 for a non-Cypriot or for a non-Cypriot corporation to buy stationary property in the SBAs.

    The requirement for consent exists whether property is currently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has actually previously gotten approval. Failure to acquire the consent of the Administrator implies that the acquisition and registration of the stationary property in question is null and void. The Administrator will give consent only in the most extraordinary scenarios.

    You ought to also know that it is an offense for persons other than “recognised citizens” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, other than in accordance with a license provided under that Ordinance. Once again, you might apply for a certificate of recognised residence or a permit, however the Administration only hardly ever grant approving these.

    More details.

    Some of the issues that property buyers experience are extremely similar throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get associated with private property problems or legal conflicts, but supports community associations that are dedicated to fixing the problems of property purchasers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal suggestions.

    British people impacted by property problems ought to take independent legal advice from regional lawyers.

    Regional cops.

    If you believe that you have been subject to a property criminal activity, you must make a declaration to the local police. Remember to acquire a copy of the declaration and request for the incident number. Please note, there may be a time restriction in between the time of the supposed criminal offense and the time within which you make your complaint.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (also called Commissioner of Administration and Defense of Human Rights).

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of citizens, including foreign nationals, in order to defend their rights and liberty versus actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some constraints) and authorities of the central federal government and local administrations in addition to anyone serving as agents or collaborators of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public goals or services. Contact details are on their website.

    It is necessary to keep in mind that the Ombudsman might not intervene under the following circumstances:.

    • whenever the general public administration has not been involved.
    • in the event of conflicts or disputes between individuals.
    • after one year from the minute when the citizen had knowledge of the occasions of his grievance.
    • in case of confidential grievances, without specific claims presenting bad faith or any claims that might damage legitimate rights of 3rd parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial judgment.
    • grievances versus attorneys.

    Complaints versus attorneys practicing in the Republic of Cyprus ought to be addressed 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.

    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.

    Initial examinations into grievances occur within the relevant district but they are then passed onto the total organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact information of local ‘bar associations’:.

    • Nicosia: contact person: Arzu İzveren, e-mail: 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 person: Mehtun Muslu, e-mail: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Complaints versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Problems against the legal system should 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.

    We have actually published suggestions(Link) on which UK authorities to get in touch with if you think you have actually been a victim of property scams.

    When you made your purchase you might want to contact the UK European Consumer Centre, if you were living in the UK. This belongs to the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been set up by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to assist consumers with cross-border disputes. The UK European Consumer Centre gives information and guidance on issues with buying across borders and can arbitrate when issues occur if they think 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 details is useful, please be aware that it is not meant to be the only guidance for prospective purchasers to follow when considering making a purchase. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or precision of the information which is offered at the web addresses listed in this guide, nor can we accept any responsibility for the content that is hosted on them. We strongly recommend that prospective buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial guidance at all stages of their purchase.

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

    One key issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and potential purchasers ought to also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem might have major effects for property they buy, including the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to compensation payments. Under the modification, buying, selling, renting, mortgaging a property or promoting without the authorization of the owner (the person 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. We highly recommend that prospective purchasers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary suggestions 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)