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    Cyprus: buying property

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

    Intro

    Acquiring property in Cyprus has a number of potential pitfalls. The British High Commission advises potential buyers to work out severe care when buying a property if the title deeds are not easily available, as it indicates your property could be at risk.

    Mortgage liability

    It prevails practice for developers to secure home loans on land or property. If you sign an agreement 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 liable for that home mortgage ought to the builder, developer or landowner declare bankruptcy.

    You ought to ask your lawyer to check for mortgages placed on the land through a Land Search Certificate which is gotten from the Land Computer system registry. It ought to be noted that in order to acquire a Land Browse Certificate one needs an appropriate authorisation from the Property’s owner. , if you are made aware of a home mortgage prior to signing a contract it is not likely that you will get the deeds in your name up until the home mortgage is paid off.

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    Attorneys are not required to look for home mortgages instantly, although great attorneys 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 however we still highly recommend that you examine no home mortgages have actually been put on the land prior to purchase to guarantee you do not run into prospective troubles at a later date.

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    Other concerns most frequently raised by British nationals include:

    • lawyers acting for both suppliers or contractors therefore not independent
    • constructing works occurring without the right preparation permission or building permit (eg electrical energy or water).
    • variations in currency and rate of interest affecting home loans.
    • payment plans or charges not being consisted of in the preliminary agreement.
    • trouble in getting certificates of last conclusion (deeds can not be provided without this).
    • difficulty in getting title deeds.
    • problem in acquiring redress after problems are recognized.
      With all property purchases, we strongly suggest that you seek your own independent legal suggestions.

    If you have actually purchased a property or land and are encountering difficulties, you ought to look for certified independent legal guidance on your rights and approaches of redress.

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the British High Commission are not able to provide legal guidance or become involved with conflicts between personal parties. Nevertheless, we direct British nationals to organisations who might have the ability to assist and we can raise systemic concerns, 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 company or legal consultant are members.

    Buying property in the north of Cyprus.

    The ownership of lots of properties is contested in the north of Cyprus, with countless claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. Purchase of these properties might have serious monetary 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 the legal owners of that property.

    Buyers might deal with legal procedures in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as attempts to impose judgments from these courts in other places in the EU, consisting of the UK. There has been at least one effective case to impose rulings in the UK, putting at risk property owned in the UK.

    The leaders of both neighborhoods are currently in settlements to try to fix the Cyprus concern. One key problem is property and the handling of pre-1974 Greek Cypriot title-owned property. Homeowner and possible buyers should also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern could have serious effects for property they acquire, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its original owner, in addition to settlement payments. In particular, prospective buyers must consider the ramifications 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 ensure they are fully aware of the rules in the north of Cyprus in respect of foreigners buying property, including the requirement to acquire grant the transfer of property. Even when buying pre-1974 Turkish title land, you may still be declined permission to acquire the land/property and no factor for the refusal may be provided.

    On 20 October 2006, a change to the Republic of Cyprus criminal code connecting to property entered into impact. Under the change, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the approval of the owner (the person 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 prison sentence is 7 years.

    The amendment to the law also states that any attempt to undertake such a deal is a criminal offense and could lead to a jail sentence of as much as 5 years. This law is not retrospective, so will not criminalise deals that occurred 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 may be subject to 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 could deal with criminal proceedings under the 20 October modification.

    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 prior to 1974 (or the beneficiary of somebody meeting those criteria), please contact the British High Commission by e-mail, marking your message to the attention of the Property Officer. If you want to attempt to reclaim your property, they will be able to examine your file and recommend on what steps to take.

    The British High Commission is unable to assist double nationals in the country of their other nationality. , if you are a dual British/Cypriot nationwide 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 Locations (SBAs).

    Persons thinking about the purchase of immovable property (such as land) in the SBAs need to be aware that the permission of the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas is required under section 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 permission exists whether property is presently owned by a Cypriot or a Cypriot corporation or by a non-Cypriot who has formerly gotten authorization. Failure to get the approval of the Administrator means that the acquisition and registration of the unmovable property in question is null and void. The Administrator will provide consent only in the most extraordinary circumstances.

    You should also understand that it is an offense for individuals other than “acknowledged residents” to reside in the SBAs for more than 28 days in any period of 12 months, except in accordance with a permit released under that Ordinance. Again, you may apply for a certificate of identified residence or a license, however the Administration only hardly ever consents to giving these.

    Additional details.

    Some of the problems that property purchasers experience are really comparable throughout Cyprus. The British High Commission is unable to get associated with individual property problems or legal conflicts, but supports neighborhood associations that are committed to fixing the problems of property buyers.

    Associations.

    If the business, or legal advisor, you have actually 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 guidance.

    British people impacted by property problems must take independent legal advice from regional lawyers.

    Local cops.

    You must make a statement to the regional authorities if you believe that you have actually been subject to a property criminal offense. Remember to get a copy of the declaration and request the incident number. Please note, there might be a time constraint in between the time of the supposed criminal activity and the time within which you make your complaint.

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

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

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

    • whenever the general public administration has not been included.
    • in the event of disputes or disagreements in between individuals.
    • after one year from the minute when the citizen knew the events of his complaint.
    • in the event of confidential grievances, without particular claims providing bad faith or any claims that may harm legitimate rights of third parties.
    • in the event of non-conformity with the contents of the judicial ruling.
    • problems versus lawyers.

    Grievances versus legal representatives 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.

    Complaints against lawyers practicing in the north of Cyprus might be made in writing to the pertinent regional ‘Bar Association’. There is a separate ‘Bar Association’ for each district.

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

    Contact information of local ‘bar associations’:.

    • Nicosia: contact person: 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 person: 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.

    Complaints against the legal system in the Republic of Cyprus

    Grievances versus the legal system need 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 published suggestions(Link) on which UK authorities to contact if you think you have 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 belongs to the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) that has been set up by the European Commission in co-operation with member states to assist consumers with cross-border disagreements. The UK European Consumer Centre gives info and guidance on problems with buying across borders and can arbitrate when issues occur if they believe 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 information is useful, please understand that it is not planned to be the only guidance for prospective buyers to follow when considering buying. In addition, we make no representation as to the quality or accuracy of the details which is available at the web addresses noted in this guide, nor can we accept any responsibility for the content that is hosted on them. We strongly recommend that potential buyers of property in Cyprus look for independent legal and monetary recommendations at all stages of their purchase.

    The European Court of Person Rights has ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus before 1974 continue to be related to 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 potential purchasers should likewise consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus concern might have serious consequences for property they buy, consisting of the possible restitution of the property to its initial owner, in addition to payment payments. Under the change, buying, selling, leasing, promoting or mortgaging a property without the approval of the owner (the individual whose ownership is registered with the Republic of Cyprus Land Computer system 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 look for independent legal and financial recommendations at all stages of their purchase.

    Related Links:

    Useful Links:

    • Caution regarding property purchases in the occupied area of Cyprus(link)
    • Living in Cyprus(link)