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    Guidance

    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Introduction

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

    Mortgage liability

    It prevails practice for designers to get mortgages on land or property. If you sign a contract with a designer and there is already a mortgage, loan or claim on the property, then you are likely to become liable for that home mortgage ought to the builder, developer or landowner declare insolvency.

    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 Windows registry. It should be kept in mind that in order to acquire a Land Search Certificate one requires an appropriate authorisation from the Property’s owner. If you are warned of a home loan before signing a contract it is not likely that you will acquire the deeds in your name till the home loan is paid off.

    Lawyers are not needed to look 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 Specific Performance Law to offer an agreement of sale precedence over any pre-existing home mortgage however we still strongly suggest that you examine no mortgages have been placed on the land prior to buy to guarantee you do not face potential troubles at a later date.

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    Other problems most regularly raised by British nationals include:

    • lawyers acting for both home builders or vendors for that reason not independent
    • developing works taking place without the appropriate preparation permission or building license (eg electricity or water).
    • changes in currency and interest rates impacting mortgages.
    • payment plans or charges not being included in the preliminary agreement.
    • trouble in acquiring certificates of final conclusion (deeds can not be released without this).
    • difficulty in getting title deeds.
    • problem in getting redress after issues are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we highly advise that you seek your own independent legal recommendations.

    If you have acquired a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you ought to look for certified independent legal recommendations on your rights and methods of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are not able to offer legal guidance or become involved with conflicts in between personal parties. However, we direct British nationals to organisations who may have the ability to assist and we can raise systemic problems, issues which affect a number of clients, with local 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 residential or commercial properties is challenged in the north of Cyprus, with countless claims to ownership from individuals displaced in 1974. Purchase of these homes could have serious financial and legal implications. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be regarded as the legal owners of that property.

    Purchasers might deal with legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, in addition to efforts to impose judgments from these courts in other places in the EU, including the UK. There has been at least one effective case to enforce rulings in the UK, jeopardizing property owned in the UK.

    One crucial problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and prospective purchasers must also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus issue might have severe consequences for property they purchase, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to settlement 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 ought to guarantee they are completely familiar with the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of immigrants acquiring property, including the requirement to acquire consent to the transfer of property. Even when acquiring pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be declined consent to buy the land/property and no reason for the rejection may be given.

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

    The change to the law likewise states that any effort to undertake such a deal is a criminal offense and might result in a jail sentence of approximately 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that happened 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 associate with the prohibited transfer of Greek Cypriot property and might undergo confiscation when crossing the Green Line. Anybody discovered in possession of these files might be asked to make a statement to the Cypriot authorities and could face criminal proceedings under the 20 October modification.

    Any enquiries concerning the scope of this law should 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 prior to 1974.

    If you are a British nationwide and owned a property in the north of Cyprus prior to 1974 (or the beneficiary of somebody conference those criteria), please get in touch with the British High Commission by email, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. They will have the ability to inspect your file and recommend on what actions to take if you want to attempt to recover your property.

    The British High Commission is not able to assist dual nationals in the nation of their other citizenship. , if you are a dual British/Cypriot nationwide you should 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).

    Individuals considering the purchase of immovable property (such as land) in the SBAs need to be mindful that the approval of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Locations is needed under section 3 of the Immovable Property Acquisition (Control) Regulation 1972 for a non-Cypriot or for a non-Cypriot corporation to buy 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 formerly gotten authorization. Failure to get the permission of the Administrator indicates 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 must likewise be aware that it is an offence for individuals aside from “recognised citizens” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, except in accordance with a permit provided under that Ordinance. Once again, you might obtain a certificate of identified home or a permit, but the Administration only hardly ever grant giving these.

    Additional info.

    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are very similar throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get associated with individual property problems or legal conflicts, however supports neighborhood associations that are dedicated to resolving the problems of property purchasers.

    Associations.

    If the business, or legal consultant, you have dealt with is a member of AIPP and you are unhappy with the services provided, you can write to the AIPP who have a disciplinary procedure.

    Legal suggestions.

    British residents affected by property problems must take independent legal suggestions from local lawyers.

    Local cops.

    You ought to make a statement to the local authorities if you believe that you have actually been subject to a property crime. Keep in mind to get a copy of the declaration and request for the incident number. Please note, there might be a time limitation in between the time of the supposed criminal activity and the time within which you make your problem.

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

    The Cyprus Ombudsman acts in the service of citizens, including 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 limitations) and authorities of the main federal government and local administrations along with anyone serving as representatives or partners of any of these administrations in the fulfilment or execution of public goals or services. Contact details are on their website.

    It is very important to note that the Ombudsman may not step in under the following circumstances:.

    • whenever the general public administration has not been included.
    • in the event of disputes or conflicts between individuals.
    • after one year from the minute when the citizen knew the events of his problem.
    • in the event of confidential grievances, without specific claims providing bad faith or any claims that may damage genuine rights of third parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial judgment.
    • grievances versus attorneys.

    Grievances versus attorneys practicing 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.

    Site: www.cyprusbarassociation.org.

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

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

    Contact details of regional ‘bar associations’:.

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

    Problems against the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Problems versus the legal system need to 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.

    Assist in the UK.

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

    When you made your purchase you might wish to call the UK European Consumer Centre, if you were living in the UK. This belongs to the European Customer 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. The UK European Consumer Centre offers information and recommendations on problems with buying across borders and can arbitrate when issues develop if they think it may 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 be aware that it is not intended to be the only assistance for potential purchasers to follow when thinking about purchasing. In addition, we make no representation regarding the quality or precision of the info which is available at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any duty for the content that is hosted on them. We highly recommend that prospective purchasers of property in Cyprus seek independent legal and monetary recommendations at all phases of their purchase.

    The European Court of Human 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 issue is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Property owners and possible purchasers ought to likewise consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem could have severe repercussions for property they buy, including the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. Under the change, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the approval 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 offense. We highly advise that potential buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and financial suggestions 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)