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    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

    Acquiring property in Cyprus has a variety of possible risks. The British High Commission recommends possible buyers to work out extreme care when buying a property if the title deeds are not easily available, as it implies your property could be at risk.

    Home mortgage liability

    It is common practice for developers to take out mortgages on land or property. If you sign a contract with a designer and there is currently a home loan, loan or claim on the property, then you are most likely to end up being responsible for that home loan must the contractor, designer or landowner state insolvency.

    You must ask your lawyer to look for home loans put on the land through a Land Browse Certificate which is gotten from the Land Computer registry. It should be noted that in order to get a Land Search Certificate one needs a relevant authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made conscious of a home loan prior to signing a contract it is unlikely that you will acquire the deeds in your name until the mortgage is paid off.

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    Legal representatives are not needed to look for home mortgages instantly, although excellent attorneys ought to 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 home loan nevertheless we still highly suggest that you examine no mortgages have actually been put on the land prior to purchase to guarantee you do not run into prospective problems at a later date.

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    Other issues most often raised by British nationals consist of:

    • lawyers acting for both vendors or home builders therefore not independent
    • developing works occurring without the right preparation consent or building license (eg electricity or water).
    • changes in currency and rate of interest affecting mortgages.
    • payment plans or costs not being consisted of in the initial contract.
    • difficulty in acquiring certificates of last completion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • trouble in getting title deeds.
    • difficulty in getting redress after issues are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we highly suggest that you seek your own independent legal advice.

    If you have actually bought a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you must look for competent independent legal advice on your rights and methods of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Workplace (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to provide legal advice or end up being included with disputes in between private celebrations. We direct British nationals to organisations who might be able to help and we can raise systemic problems, issues which affect a number of clients, with regional authorities.

    You can look at 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 many homes is disputed in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these residential or commercial properties could have serious financial and legal ramifications. 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 regarded as the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers could deal with legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, in addition to efforts to enforce judgments from these courts somewhere else in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one successful case to impose judgments in the UK, jeopardizing property owned in the UK.

    One crucial issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible buyers must also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern might have major effects for property they buy, including 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 nationwide prior to 1974 * ^ that was subsequently categorized as exchange or ‘present’ land/property by the Turkish Cypriot “authorities”.

    Purchasers need to ensure they are completely knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of foreigners acquiring property, consisting of the requirement to acquire grant the transfer of property. Even when acquiring pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be declined authorization to acquire the land/property and no factor for the rejection may be given.

    On 20 October 2006, a change to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code relating to property entered effect. Under the modification, buying, selling, renting, promoting or mortgaging a property without the authorization of the owner (the individual whose ownership is signed up with the Republic of Cyprus Land Computer system 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 also specifies that any effort to carry out such a deal is a criminal offense and could result in a prison sentence of as much as 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that occurred prior to 20 October 2006.

    Likewise files connecting to the purchase of property in the north of Cyprus will be presumed by the Cypriot authorities to associate with the unlawful transfer of Greek Cypriot property and might undergo confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anyone found in ownership of these documents might be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and might face criminal proceedings under the 20 October amendment.

    Any enquiries regarding 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 workplace hours: 07:30– 16:00 (Monday – Friday).

    Email: info@mfa.gov.cy.

    Property owned before 1974.

    If you are a British nationwide and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the successor of somebody conference those requirements), please call 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 inspect your file and advise on what steps to take.

    The British High Commission is unable to help dual nationals in the country of their other citizenship. If you are a double British/Cypriot nationwide you need to approach your regional authorities in regard of claims for pre-1974 title deeds.

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

    Persons considering the purchase of unmovable property (such as land) in the SBAs require to be mindful that the permission of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Locations is required under area 3 of the Immovable Property Acquisition (Control) Ordinance 1972 for a non-Cypriot or for a non-Cypriot corporation to purchase stationary property in the SBAs.

    The requirement for authorization exists whether or not property is presently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has formerly acquired approval. Failure to get the authorization of the Administrator suggests that the acquisition and registration of the unmovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will give approval only in the most exceptional scenarios.

    You should likewise understand that it is an offense for persons besides “acknowledged residents” to live in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, other than in accordance with a license issued under that Regulation. Once again, you may obtain a certificate of recognised residence or an authorization, however the Administration just seldom grant giving these.

    Further info.

    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are very comparable throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get involved in specific property issues or legal disputes, however supports community associations that are committed to fixing the issues of property purchasers.

    Associations.

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

    Legal suggestions.

    British citizens affected by property issues must take independent legal guidance from regional lawyers.

    Local cops.

    You should make a declaration to the regional cops if you believe that you have actually been subject to a property crime. Keep in mind to obtain a copy of the statement and request 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 grievance.

    Cyprus Ombudsman (likewise called Commissioner of Administration and Protection of Human Rights).

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of residents, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to safeguard their rights and liberty against actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some limitations) and authorities of the central federal government and regional administrations along with anybody functioning as representatives or collaborators of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public goals or services. Contact information are on their website.

    It is very important to note that the Ombudsman might not intervene under the following circumstances:.

    • whenever the general public administration has not been included.
    • in case of disputes or conflicts in between individuals.
    • after one year from the moment when the person understood the occasions of his problem.
    • in the event of confidential problems, without specific claims presenting bad faith or any claims that might damage genuine rights of third parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • problems against attorneys.

    Problems versus attorneys practising in the Republic of Cyprus should 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 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 investigations into grievances happen within the appropriate district however they are then passed onto the general organisation, the ‘Cyprus Turkish Bar Association’.

    Contact details of regional ‘bar associations’:.

    • Nicosia: contact individual: Arzu İzveren, email: barolarbirligi@hotmail.com phone: 0090392227 73 39.
    • Kyrenia: contact individual: 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.

    Problems against the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Complaints 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.

    Help in the UK.

    We have actually published suggestions(Link) on which UK authorities to contact if you believe you have actually been a victim of property fraud.

    If you were living in the UK when you made your purchase you may wish to contact the UK European Consumer Centre. This belongs to the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has actually been set up by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to help consumers with cross-border disputes. The UK European Consumer Centre offers details and recommendations on problems with buying across borders and can arbitrate when issues emerge if they believe it might 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 info works, please know that it is not intended to be the only assistance for prospective buyers to follow when thinking about making a purchase. In addition, we make no representation regarding the quality or precision of the information which is offered at the web addresses listed in this guide, nor can we accept any duty for the material that is hosted on them. We highly suggest that prospective buyers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary recommendations at all stages of their purchase.

    The European Court of Human Rights has 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 must also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem might have severe consequences for property they purchase, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to compensation payments. Under the amendment, buying, selling, renting, promoting or mortgaging a property without the approval 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 offence. We highly suggest that prospective purchasers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and financial guidance 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)