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In Defence of the Whingeing Brit

I read with interest the letter from a Scottish lady who left Cyprus, returned to Scotland, and regrets this move homeland for the reasons given and misses Cyprus and the benefits of living here (in her opinion). I look at this issue from a different perspective: my experience of living on this island has obviously […]

New Rights Planned for Cyprus Property Buyers

A bill being drafted by parliament seeks at long last to arm property buyers with an arsenal of weapons against unscrupulous property developers, though it remains to be seen how effective its application will be. The move aims to address the thousands of cases where someone paying for a plot of land, an apartment or […]

Is there no Recourse against the Developers?

My mother purchased a property from a property developer over three years ago, and, even though her contract had stated that completion would be 18 months, it is now only finally being completed. Nothing new here, as this is Cyprus and we all know exactly what such contracts are worth. My mother is a regular […]

Developers Dragging Their Feet on Title Deeds

Three months after passing a law on title deeds, authorities are discovering that incentives given to developers to legitimise illegal constructions are not as appealing as had been hoped. The law passed last March allowed owners of houses or apartments that violated building regulations to pay a certain amount to the Town Planning department and […]

Beware when Buying Cyprus Property

Nigel Howarth’s letter in Cyprus Weekly (29 April 05) spurred me to write about my own experience in seeking suitable accommodation to buy in Cyprus. Having lived here for two years now and, having heard horror stories as well as pleasant experiences from friends and acquaintances who, to a man, advised us to use a […]

Cyprus Real Estate Agents Developers & Lawyers

I sympathise with the plight of the Parnhams reported in your letters page of last week. Regrettably, problems of this nature are not uncommon when buying Cyprus property. I personally receive three or four emails a month from people who have been deliberately misled into parting with their money by unscrupulous real estate agents, property […]

Buying Property in Cyprus

In April edition of The Cyprus Weekly I read an item headed “Illegal estate agents – stopping cowboys” by Antonis Loizou. No matter what legislation is brought in and no matter the size of estate agents there will always be people working for these offices whose only aim is to get a sale to get […]

Paphos looks into Sand Houses

The Paphos District Officer has initiated litigation against the developers and civil engineers involved in building a residence on soft soil, in what is the latest case of reckless and dangerous construction. It is known that a number of Cyprus properties, particularly in the Paphos area, have been built on unsuitable ground. In several cases, […]

Peyia Development Probe

Interior Minister Andreas Christou has set up a three-member committee to examine possible building violations in the Coral Bay area near Paphos. Christou acknowledged yesterday during a visit to Peyia the existence of irregularities with a number of Cyprus property developments in the area. Peyia Municipality has come under attack over development in the Coral […]

Architects Blast Authorities for Building Permit Delays

Lengthy delays in obtaining town planning and building permits for new buildings can squarely be blamed on the antiquated practices of the Town Planning Department and local municipalities, the President of the Architects Association, Costantinos Costandi, said yesterday. The issue of town planning and building permits has long plagued construction in Cyprus, with lengthy delays […]

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