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    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

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

    Home loan liability

    It prevails practice for developers to get home mortgages 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 likely to end up being responsible for that home mortgage should the contractor, developer or landowner state insolvency.

    You ought to ask your attorney to check for mortgages put on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is acquired from the Land Windows registry. It needs to be noted that in order to get a Land Browse Certificate one needs a pertinent authorisation from the Property’s owner. If you are warned of a mortgage before signing an agreement it is not likely that you will obtain the deeds in your name till the home mortgage is paid off.

    Attorneys are not needed to check for home loans immediately, although great attorneys should do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Federal government introduced a Particular Performance Law to provide a contract of sale precedence over any pre-existing mortgage however we still highly suggest that you check no home loans have been placed on the land prior to acquire to guarantee you do not run into possible problems at a later date.

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    Other concerns most frequently raised by British nationals include:

    • legal representatives acting for both vendors or contractors therefore not independent
    • developing works taking place without the right planning approval or building license (eg electrical energy or water).
    • fluctuations in currency and rates of interest affecting home mortgages.
    • payment plans or fees not being included in the preliminary agreement.
    • difficulty in getting certificates of last completion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • difficulty in obtaining title deeds.
    • trouble in getting redress after issues are identified.
      With all property purchases, we strongly recommend that you seek your own independent legal suggestions.

    You should look for competent independent legal advice on your rights and methods of redress if you have bought a property or land and are experiencing difficulties.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to use legal guidance or end up being involved with disagreements between personal celebrations. Nevertheless, we direct British nationals to organisations who may have the ability to help and we can raise systemic problems, problems which impact a number of consumers, with local authorities.

    You can check on 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 many properties is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from individuals displaced in 1974. Purchase of these homes could have severe financial and legal ramifications. The European Court of Human Rights has actually ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be considered as the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers might face legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as efforts to impose judgments from these courts elsewhere in the EU, including the UK. There has actually been at least one effective case to impose 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 potential buyers ought to also think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern might have major effects for property they purchase, including 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 national prior to 1974 * ^ that was subsequently classified as exchange or ‘gift’ land/property by the Turkish Cypriot “authorities”.

    Purchasers should guarantee they are fully knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of immigrants acquiring property, including the requirement to get consent to the transfer of property. Even when purchasing pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be refused authorization to buy the land/property and no reason for the refusal may be given.

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

    The amendment to the law also states that any attempt to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offense and might result in a jail sentence of as much as 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that occurred 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 illegal transfer of Greek Cypriot property and may undergo confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody found in belongings of these documents may be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and could face criminal proceedings 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.

    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 before 1974.

    If you are a British national and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the heir of someone meeting those requirements), 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 advise on what steps to take if you wish to try to recover your property.

    The British High Commission is unable to help double nationals in the country of their other nationality. , 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 Areas (SBAs).

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

    The requirement for permission exists whether property is presently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has actually formerly gotten consent. Failure to obtain the consent of the Administrator suggests that the acquisition and registration of the immovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will offer consent only in the most extraordinary scenarios.

    You must likewise understand that it is an offence for individuals besides “identified residents” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any duration of 12 months, other than in accordance with a license issued under that Ordinance. Again, you may request a certificate of acknowledged home or a license, but the Administration only hardly ever consents to approving these.

    Further info.

    A few of the issues that property purchasers experience are really similar throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get associated with private property problems or legal disagreements, however supports community associations that are dedicated to resolving the issues of property purchasers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal suggestions.

    British citizens affected by property issues should take independent legal suggestions from local attorneys.

    Regional cops.

    If you believe that you have been subject to a property criminal activity, you must make a statement 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 between the time of the alleged criminal activity and the time within which you make your complaint.

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

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of people, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to safeguard their rights and freedom versus 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 regional administrations as well as anyone functioning as representatives or collaborators of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public objectives or services. Contact information are on their website.

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

    • whenever the general public administration has not been included.
    • in the event of conflicts or disagreements in between people.
    • When the person had understanding of the events of his grievance, after one year from the minute.
    • in case of confidential complaints, without specific claims providing 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.
    • complaints versus legal representatives.

    Grievances against lawyers practising in the Republic of Cyprus must be addressed 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 versus legal representatives practicing in the north of Cyprus may be made in writing to the pertinent regional ‘Bar Association’. There is a separate ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

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

    Contact details of regional ‘bar associations’:.

    • Nicosia: contact person: Arzu İzveren, email: barolarbirligi@hotmail.com phone: 0090392227 73 39.
    • Kyrenia: contact person: 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, e-mail: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Grievances versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Complaints against the legal system ought to 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 learn more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Assist in the UK.

    If you think you have actually been a victim of property scams, we have published recommendations on which UK authorities to get in touch with.

    When you made your purchase you may wish to call 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 established by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to assist customers with cross-border disputes. When issues emerge if they believe it might help, the UK European Consumer Centre offers details and guidance 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 info works, please understand that it is not meant to be the only guidance for potential buyers to follow when thinking about purchasing. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or accuracy of the details which is readily available at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any duty for the content that is hosted on them. We strongly suggest that prospective purchasers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary recommendations at all phases 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 concerned 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 potential purchasers need to likewise think about that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern might have major repercussions 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, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the authorization of the owner (the person whose ownership is signed up with the Republic of Cyprus Land Computer system registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. We strongly suggest that prospective buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial suggestions at all stages of their purchase.

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