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    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

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

    Home loan liability

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

    You need to ask your attorney to look for home mortgages put on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is acquired from the Land Registry. It must be noted that in order to get a Land Search Certificate one requires a relevant authorisation from the Property’s owner. If you are made aware of a mortgage prior to signing a contract it is unlikely that you will acquire the deeds in your name up until the mortgage is paid off.

    Lawyers are not required to look for mortgages automatically, although great lawyers must do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Federal government introduced a Specific Efficiency Law to provide a contract of sale precedence over any pre-existing mortgage nevertheless we still highly suggest that you examine no home loans have actually been put on the land prior to acquire to ensure you do not encounter prospective troubles at a later date.

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    Other problems most often raised by British nationals include:

    • legal representatives acting for both vendors or home builders for that reason not independent
    • constructing works happening without the correct planning permission or structure authorization (eg electricity or water).
    • fluctuations in currency and interest rates affecting mortgages.
    • payment plans or fees not being consisted of in the initial contract.
    • trouble in getting certificates of final completion (deeds can not be released without this).
    • difficulty in getting title deeds.
    • trouble in acquiring redress after issues are identified.
      With all property purchases, we highly recommend that you seek your own independent legal recommendations.

    If you have actually acquired a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you ought to look for qualified independent legal guidance on your rights and techniques of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Advancement Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to provide legal suggestions or end up being included with disagreements between private parties. We direct British nationals to organisations who might be able to help and we can raise systemic issues, problems which affect a number of customers, with local authorities.

    You can examine 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 properties is contested in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from individuals displaced in 1974. Purchase of these properties might 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 before 1974 continue to be considered as the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers could face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, along with attempts to implement judgments from these courts somewhere else in the EU, consisting of the UK. There has been at least one effective case to enforce judgments in the UK, putting at risk property owned in the UK.

    One key problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective purchasers should also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern could have serious effects for property they purchase, 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 national prior to 1974 * ^ that was consequently classified as exchange or ‘present’ land/property by the Turkish Cypriot “authorities”.

    Buyers should ensure they are totally knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in regard of foreigners buying property, including the requirement to acquire grant the transfer of property. Even when acquiring pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be declined permission to acquire the land/property and no reason for the rejection might be given.

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

    The amendment to the law also states that any effort to undertake such a deal is a criminal offense and might lead to a jail sentence of approximately 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise transactions that happened before 20 October 2006.

    Files 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 discovered in ownership of these files might be asked to make a declaration to the Cypriot authorities and could deal with criminal procedures under the 20 October modification.

    Any enquiries concerning 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.

    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 prior to 1974.

    If you are a British nationwide and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the heir of somebody meeting those criteria), please get in touch with the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. If you wish to attempt to recover your property, they will be able to examine your file and recommend on what steps to take.

    The British High Commission is unable to assist double nationals in the country 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 Locations (SBAs).

    Persons considering the purchase of immovable property (such as land) in the SBAs require to be aware that the consent of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas 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 or not property is presently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has actually formerly gotten consent. Failure to acquire the authorization of the Administrator implies that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will provide authorization just in the most remarkable scenarios.

    You should also know that it is an offence for individuals aside from “acknowledged homeowners” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, except in accordance with a permit issued under that Regulation. Again, you might look for a certificate of recognised home or a license, however the Administration just seldom consents to giving these.

    Additional details.

    Some of the issues that property purchasers experience are really 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 devoted to solving the issues of property buyers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal guidance.

    British people affected by property issues need to take independent legal guidance from local legal representatives.

    Regional cops.

    If you believe that you have been subject to a property criminal offense, you should make a declaration to the local police. Remember to acquire a copy of the statement and ask for the incident number. Please note, there might be a time constraint between the time of the alleged crime and the time within which you make your grievance.

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

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of people, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to defend their rights and flexibility against 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 acting as agents or partners of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public objectives or services. Contact information are on their site.

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

    • whenever the general public administration has not been included.
    • in the event of disputes or disagreements in between people.
    • after one year from the moment when the resident knew the events of his complaint.
    • in case of anonymous problems, without specific claims providing bad faith or any claims that might damage genuine rights of 3rd parties.
    • in case of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • complaints against lawyers.

    Problems versus attorneys practicing 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.

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

    Initial examinations into complaints take place within the appropriate district but they are then passed onto the overall organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact details of local ‘bar associations’:.

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

    Problems versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Complaints against the legal system must 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 discover more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Help in the UK.

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

    If you were living in the UK when you made your purchase you might wish to contact the UK European Consumer Centre. This belongs to the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has actually been established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to help customers with cross-border disputes. When problems occur if they think it may assist, the UK European Consumer Centre offers information 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 is useful, please know that it is not meant to be the only assistance for prospective purchasers to follow when considering purchasing. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or precision of the details which is available at the web addresses listed in this guide, nor can we accept any responsibility for the material that is hosted on them. We strongly advise that potential buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and financial suggestions at all stages of their purchase.

    The European Court of Human being Rights has actually ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus before 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 likewise consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue could have severe consequences for property they acquire, including the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to payment payments. Under the amendment, buying, selling, renting, 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 offense. We strongly recommend that potential purchasers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial recommendations at all stages of their purchase.

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