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    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Intro

    Purchasing property in Cyprus has a number of possible risks. The British High Commission encourages possible purchasers to work out extreme caution when buying a property if the title deeds are not readily available, as it means your property could be at risk.

    Home mortgage liability

    It is common practice for designers to get home loans on land or property. If you sign an agreement 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 builder, developer or landowner state insolvency.

    You ought to ask your attorney to look for home mortgages placed on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is acquired from the Land Pc registry. It ought to 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 warned of a home mortgage before signing an agreement it is unlikely that you will acquire the deeds in your name until the home loan is settled.

    Attorneys are not required to check for home loans instantly, although great lawyers must do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Government presented a Specific Performance Law to provide a contract of sale precedence over any pre-existing home loan however we still highly suggest that you examine no mortgages have actually been placed on the land prior to acquire to ensure you do not run into prospective problems at a later date.

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    Other concerns most often raised by British nationals consist of:

    • legal representatives acting for both suppliers or builders therefore not independent
    • building works taking place without the proper planning approval or building license (eg electricity or water).
    • changes in currency and rates of interest impacting mortgages.
    • payment plans or costs not being included in the preliminary agreement.
    • problem in obtaining certificates of last completion (deeds can not be released without this).
    • problem in acquiring title deeds.
    • difficulty in getting redress after problems are determined.
      With all property purchases, we highly advise that you seek your own independent legal advice.

    You should seek qualified independent legal guidance on your rights and techniques of redress if you have actually bought a property or land and are encountering difficulties.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Workplace (FCDO) and the British High Commission are not able to provide legal recommendations or end up being involved with conflicts between private celebrations. We direct British nationals to organisations who may be able to help and we can raise systemic issues, issues which impact a number of customers, with local 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 many residential or commercial properties is contested in the north of Cyprus, with countless claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these residential or commercial properties could have severe monetary 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.

    Buyers could deal with legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, in addition to attempts to implement judgments from these courts somewhere else in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one effective case to implement rulings in the UK, jeopardizing property owned in the UK.

    One essential problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective buyers must also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem might have major repercussions for property they buy, including the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to payment payments.

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

    Buyers need to ensure they are completely familiar with the rules in the north of Cyprus in regard of foreigners buying property, including the requirement to obtain consent to the transfer of property. Even when purchasing pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be declined consent to buy the land/property and no reason for the rejection might be offered.

    On 20 October 2006, an amendment to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code associating with property came into effect. Under the change, 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 Computer registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. The maximum prison sentence is 7 years.

    The amendment to the law likewise mentions that any effort to undertake such a deal is a criminal offence and could lead to a prison sentence of as much as 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise transactions that took place prior to 20 October 2006.

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

    Task 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 prior to 1974.

    If you are a British nationwide and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the beneficiary of somebody meeting those requirements), please contact the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will be able to check your file and recommend on what actions to take if you want to attempt to recover your property.

    The British High Commission is not able to help double nationals in the country of their other citizenship. , if you are a double British/Cypriot national you need to 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 Locations (SBAs).

    Individuals considering the purchase of stationary property (such as land) in the SBAs require to be mindful that the consent of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas is needed under section 3 of the Immovable Property Acquisition (Control) Regulation 1972 for a non-Cypriot or for a non-Cypriot corporation to purchase stationary property in the SBAs.

    The requirement for approval exists whether or not property is currently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has previously gotten authorization. Failure to get the authorization of the Administrator implies that the acquisition and registration of the stationary property in question is null and void. The Administrator will give authorization only in the most extraordinary circumstances.

    You must also understand that it is an offence for individuals aside from “recognised residents” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, other than in accordance with a permit released under that Ordinance. Again, you may obtain a certificate of recognised home or a permit, but the Administration just seldom grant granting these.

    Additional details.

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

    Associations.

    If the business, or legal consultant, you have worked with is a member of AIPP and you are dissatisfied with the services supplied, you can write to the AIPP who have a disciplinary treatment.

    Legal guidance.

    British people affected by property problems ought to take independent legal advice from local legal representatives.

    Local police.

    If you believe that you have actually gone through a property criminal offense, you need to make a declaration to the local police. Keep in mind to get a copy of the declaration and request the event number. Please note, there might be a time limitation in between the time of the supposed criminal offense and the time within which you make your problem.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (also known as Commissioner of Administration and Protection of Human Rights).

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of citizens, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to safeguard their rights and flexibility versus actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some restrictions) and authorities of the main government and regional administrations along with 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 step in under the following circumstances:.

    • whenever the general public administration has not been included.
    • in case of disputes or disagreements in between people.
    • When the person had understanding of the events of his grievance, after one year from the minute.
    • in the event of anonymous problems, without specific claims providing bad faith or any claims that may harm genuine rights of third parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • complaints versus lawyers.

    Grievances against legal representatives practising in the Republic of Cyprus ought to be dealt with 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 against attorneys practising in the north of Cyprus may be made in writing to the appropriate local ‘Bar Association’. There is a separate ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

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

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

    Problems against the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Grievances 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 learn more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Help in the UK.

    If you believe you have been a victim of property scams, we have released recommendations on which UK authorities to contact.

    If you were living in the UK when you made your purchase you might want to contact the UK European Consumer Centre. This is part of the European Customer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to assist customers with cross-border disputes. When issues occur if they think it might help, the UK European Consumer Centre provides info and recommendations 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 details is useful, please be aware that it is not planned to be the only assistance for potential purchasers to follow when considering buying. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or accuracy of the info which is readily available at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any responsibility for the content that is hosted on them. We highly advise that prospective 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 concerned 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 buyers ought to also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern could have serious consequences for property they buy, including the possible restitution of the property to its initial 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, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offence. We highly advise that potential purchasers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary guidance at all stages of their purchase.

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