• PURCHASING A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOME IN Cyprus: 4 BEST TIPS.

    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Intro

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

    Home loan liability

    It is common practice for developers to get home mortgages 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 end up being responsible for that home loan ought to the contractor, developer or landowner declare personal bankruptcy.

    You need to ask your legal representative to check for mortgages placed on the land through a Land Search Certificate which is obtained from the Land Registry. It should be noted that in order to get a Land Search Certificate one needs an appropriate authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made conscious of a home loan before signing a contract it is not likely that you will obtain the deeds in your name till the mortgage is paid off.

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    Lawyers are not required to check for mortgages instantly, although great legal representatives need to do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Government introduced a Particular Efficiency Law to provide an agreement of sale precedence over any pre-existing home loan nevertheless we still highly advise that you examine no mortgages have been put on the land prior to buy to guarantee you do not encounter prospective difficulties at a later date.

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    Other issues most often raised by British nationals consist of:

    • legal representatives acting for both vendors or contractors therefore not independent
    • building works taking place without the proper preparation permission or building authorization (eg electricity or water).
    • fluctuations in currency and rates of interest impacting home loans.
    • payment plans or costs not being consisted of in the preliminary contract.
    • difficulty in obtaining certificates of final completion (deeds can not be released without this).
    • problem in obtaining title deeds.
    • problem in obtaining redress after issues are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we highly suggest that you seek your own independent legal guidance.

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

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Advancement Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to offer legal recommendations or end up being included with disagreements in between private parties. Nevertheless, we direct British nationals to organisations who may have the ability to help and we can raise systemic issues, issues which impact a number of clients, with regional authorities.

    You can check on the Association of International Property Professionals website to see if a business or legal consultant are members.

    Buying property in the north of Cyprus.

    The ownership of numerous homes is challenged in the north of Cyprus, with countless claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these residential or commercial properties might have major 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 proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as efforts to enforce judgments from these courts elsewhere in the EU, consisting of the UK. There has been at least one effective case to enforce judgments in the UK, endangering property owned in the UK.

    One crucial concern is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible purchasers should also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue might have major consequences for property they buy, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to compensation 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”.

    Purchasers ought to guarantee they are totally knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in regard of foreigners purchasing property, including the requirement to obtain grant the transfer of property. Even when purchasing pre-1974 Turkish title land, you might still be declined authorization to purchase the land/property and no factor for the rejection may be given.

    On 20 October 2006, an amendment to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code connecting to property entered effect. Under the amendment, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the consent of the owner (the individual 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 offense. The optimum jail sentence is 7 years.

    The amendment to the law likewise states that any effort to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offence and could lead to a prison sentence of up to 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise transactions that took place 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 illegal transfer of Greek Cypriot property and might be subject to confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody discovered in possession of these documents may be asked to make a declaration to the Cypriot authorities and might deal with criminal procedures under the 20 October change.

    Any enquiries concerning the scope of this law ought 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.

    Responsibility 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 national and owned a property in the north of Cyprus before 1974 (or the successor of someone conference those criteria), please contact the British High Commission by e-mail, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. If you wish to attempt to recover your property, they will be able to inspect your file and advise on what steps to take.

    The British High Commission is not able to help double nationals in the country of their other citizenship. , if you are a dual British/Cypriot national you should approach your local authorities in respect of claims for pre-1974 title deeds.

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

    Persons thinking about the purchase of immovable property (such as land) in the SBAs need 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 acquire unmovable property in the SBAs.

    The requirement for permission exists whether property is currently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has actually formerly obtained authorization. Failure to obtain the approval of the Administrator means that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will offer authorization only in the most exceptional circumstances.

    You should also be aware that it is an offence for individuals aside from “recognised citizens” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any duration of 12 months, except in accordance with a permit issued under that Ordinance. Once again, you might apply for a certificate of acknowledged residence or an authorization, however the Administration only hardly ever consents to granting these.

    Further details.

    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are extremely comparable throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get associated with private property issues or legal disputes, but supports community associations that are devoted to dealing with the problems of property purchasers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal advice.

    British people impacted by property issues should take independent legal guidance from local lawyers.

    Regional cops.

    You ought to make a declaration to the regional cops if you believe that you have been subject to a property criminal activity. Remember to acquire a copy of the declaration and request the incident number. Please note, there might be a time limitation between the time of the supposed criminal activity and the time within which you make your grievance.

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

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of people, including foreign nationals, in order to protect 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 main government and local administrations as well as anybody acting as representatives 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 may not step in under the following situations:.

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

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

    Preliminary examinations into grievances happen within the pertinent district however they are then passed onto the total organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact information of regional ‘bar associations’:.

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

    Grievances versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Grievances versus the legal system should 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 find out more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Assist in the UK.

    If you believe you have been a victim of property fraud, we have actually published recommendations on which UK authorities to call.

    When you made your purchase you may wish to contact 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 customers with cross-border conflicts. When problems emerge if they believe it might help, the UK European Consumer Centre provides details and advice 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 intended to be the only guidance for prospective purchasers to follow when thinking about making a purchase. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or precision of the info which is offered at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any responsibility for the content that is hosted on them. We strongly suggest that potential buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and financial recommendations at all phases of their purchase.

    The European Court of Person Rights has actually 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 essential issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective buyers ought to also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem could have serious effects for property they acquire, including the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to settlement payments. Under the amendment, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the consent of the owner (the individual whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Windows registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. We highly advise that potential buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary advice 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)