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    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Intro

    Getting property in Cyprus has a variety of potential mistakes. The British High Commission recommends potential purchasers to work out extreme caution when buying a property if the title deeds are not readily available, as it suggests your property could be at risk.

    Home mortgage liability

    It prevails 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 most likely to become responsible for that home loan ought to the builder, developer or landowner declare bankruptcy.

    You ought to ask your attorney to check for home mortgages placed on the land through a Land Search Certificate which is obtained from the Land Computer registry. It ought to be noted that in order to acquire a Land Search Certificate one needs a pertinent authorisation from the Property’s owner. If you are warned of a home mortgage before signing a contract it is unlikely that you will acquire the deeds in your name until the home mortgage is settled.

    Lawyers are not needed to check for home mortgages immediately, although good attorneys ought to do this as a matter of course. In 2011 the Republic of Cyprus Federal government introduced a Particular Performance Law to provide an agreement of sale precedence over any pre-existing mortgage nevertheless we still strongly recommend that you inspect no home mortgages have been placed on the land prior to acquire to ensure you do not encounter possible problems at a later date.

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    Other issues most often raised by British nationals include:

    • attorneys acting for both home builders or suppliers therefore not independent
    • constructing works occurring without the appropriate preparation authorization or structure authorization (eg electricity or water).
    • variations in currency and rates of interest impacting home loans.
    • payment plans or fees not being included in the initial contract.
    • difficulty in getting certificates of final completion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • difficulty in getting title deeds.
    • difficulty in acquiring redress after issues are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we strongly recommend that you seek your own independent legal advice.

    If you have acquired a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you should seek competent independent legal recommendations on your rights and techniques of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are unable to use legal suggestions or end up being included with disagreements in between personal parties. However, we direct British nationals to organisations who might have the ability to assist and we can raise systemic issues, issues which impact a number of consumers, with regional authorities.

    You can examine 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 contested in the north of Cyprus, with thousands of claims to ownership from individuals displaced in 1974. Purchase of these homes could have serious monetary and legal ramifications. 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 considered as the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers could face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, in addition to efforts to enforce judgments from these courts elsewhere in the EU, including the UK. There has actually been at least one effective case to enforce rulings in the UK, putting at risk property owned in the UK.

    The leaders of both communities are presently in negotiations to attempt to resolve the Cyprus problem. One crucial issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective buyers need to also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem might have major effects for property they buy, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. In particular, prospective buyers must consider the implications of any future settlement on land/property:.

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

    Buyers need to guarantee they are totally knowledgeable about the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of immigrants acquiring property, including the requirement to obtain consent to the transfer of property. Even when purchasing pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be refused consent to purchase the land/property and no factor for the rejection might be offered.

    On 20 October 2006, an amendment to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code associating with property entered impact. Under the change, buying, selling, leasing, mortgaging a property or promoting without the consent of the owner (the individual whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Computer registry, including Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. The maximum jail sentence is 7 years.

    The modification to the law also specifies that any effort to carry out such a transaction is a criminal offence and might result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that happened before 20 October 2006.

    Also documents associating with 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 go through confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody found in belongings of these files may be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and could deal with criminal procedures under the 20 October change.

    Any queries concerning 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.

    Duty 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 national and owned a property in the north of Cyprus before 1974 (or the successor of somebody conference those criteria), please contact the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will be able to examine your file and recommend on what actions to take if you wish to attempt to recover your property.

    The British High Commission is unable to help dual nationals in the country of their other nationality. If you are a dual British/Cypriot national you must approach your local authorities in regard of claims for pre-1974 title deeds.

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

    Individuals considering the purchase of immovable property (such as land) in the SBAs require to be aware that the permission 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 unmovable property in the SBAs.

    The requirement for authorization exists whether property is currently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has formerly acquired authorization. Failure to obtain the consent of the Administrator implies that the acquisition and registration of the stationary property in question is null and void. The Administrator will provide permission only in the most exceptional circumstances.

    You need to likewise be aware that it is an offense for individuals other than “identified homeowners” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, except in accordance with a permit issued under that Ordinance. Once again, you may obtain a certificate of identified house or an authorization, but the Administration just rarely consents to approving these.

    Further details.

    A few of the issues that property buyers experience are extremely similar throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get involved in private property problems or legal disagreements, but supports neighborhood associations that are dedicated to dealing with the issues of property purchasers.

    Associations.

    If the business, or legal advisor, you have actually dealt with is a member of AIPP and you are dissatisfied with the services supplied, you can write to the AIPP who have a disciplinary procedure.

    Legal suggestions.

    British citizens affected by property problems ought to take independent legal guidance from regional lawyers.

    Regional police.

    You must make a statement to the local cops if you believe that you have been subject to a property crime. Keep in mind to obtain a copy of the declaration and request for the event number. Please note, there might be a time restriction in between the time of the supposed criminal activity 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 residents, consisting of foreign nationals, in order to protect their rights and liberty against actions from any Cypriot administration. The Ombudsman has the power to challenge all bodies (subject to some restrictions) and authorities of the central federal government and regional administrations as well as anyone serving as representatives or partners of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public objectives or services. Contact details are on their site.

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

    • whenever the public administration has not been included.
    • in case of disputes or conflicts in between people.
    • after one year from the minute when the citizen had knowledge of the events of his problem.
    • in the event of confidential grievances, without particular claims providing bad faith or any claims that might harm legitimate rights of third parties.
    • in case of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • problems against lawyers.

    Complaints against legal representatives practising in the Republic of Cyprus need 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.

    Grievances versus legal representatives practising in the north of Cyprus may be made in writing to the relevant regional ‘Bar Association’. There is a different ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

    Preliminary investigations into complaints happen within the appropriate 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, e-mail: mine-vehit@hotmail.com phone: 0090392366 16 88.
    • Morphou: contact individual: Mehtun Muslu, e-mail: mmehtun@yahoo.com phone: 0090392714 69 93.

    Grievances versus the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Problems versus 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 find out more about EU consumer rights on their website.

    Assist in the UK.

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

    When you made your purchase you might want to get in touch with the UK European Consumer Centre, if you were living in the UK. This becomes part of the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been set up by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to help customers with cross-border conflicts. When problems develop if they believe it might assist, the UK European Consumer Centre provides info and advice 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 be aware that it is not planned to be the only assistance for potential purchasers to follow when thinking about making a purchase. In addition, we make no representation regarding the quality or precision of the info which is offered at the web addresses listed in this guide, nor can we accept any duty for the content that is hosted on them. We strongly advise that prospective purchasers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and financial guidance at all stages of their purchase.

    The European Court of Human being Rights has ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be related to as the legal owners of that property.

    One crucial problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective purchasers must likewise consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue might have severe repercussions for property they acquire, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. Under the modification, 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 Registry, consisting of Greek Cypriots displaced from northern Cyprus in 1974) is a criminal offense. We highly recommend that prospective purchasers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial suggestions at all phases of their purchase.

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