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Paralimni residents left in the dark

Residents of a housing complex in Paralimni, a town situated in the south east of Cyprus, have been left in the dark after the authorities cut off their illegal electricity supply according to a report in today’s Cyprus Mail on Sunday.

Glowing light bulbRESIDENTS of an apartment complex in Paralimni have been left without electricity for the past thirteen days after an illegal supply connected by their developer was cut-off by authorities.

The developers promised a permanent supply five years ago when the first residents moved in to the complex, which has around 13 properties, but subsequently failed to obtain a proper permit, meaning it has nev­er been officially hooked-up to the national grid.

Because the connection was coming from another building, residents have endured a constant stream of cuts and blackouts, although the developer was absorbing the cost until this summer when he presented the residents with a bill for €880 between them. They were also asked to pay for diesel to run a temporary generator.

Resident Claire Ashmore, 37, who lives with her toddler son says the past fortnight has been a living nightmare, with the situation becoming more unbearable by the day.

We moved here in 2005, since then there has never been a proper supply, or electric meters for that matter.

At one point last year we were running from a gen­erator that the developer installed, but could only switch it on from 4pm to 7am” “Now we have no electric at all – this is day thirteen.

No fridge, no freezer, no oven, no lights – this is what we have been reduced too, this situation is ridiculous.” Three families that live in the building have children under two-years old, and neighbour Martin Parker, 50, says that everybody is at their wits end.

The developer is fed up of being asked to tell us when we will get electric; we just don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. During the heat wave we had no air-conditioning, now its cold we have no heating, let alone lights – we spend the nights with candle light.

Some of the residents have even moved in with friends temporarily due to the situation.

Asked why the complex was not linked to the grid five years after completion, a representative of the developers; Pandelakis Kyriakides said: “In a few days they will give us the permit for electricity to be linked.

Property rights campaigner Denis O’Hare told the Sunday Mail that such instances are not unheard of in Cyprus and pointed the finger at shoddy regulation.

Poor Claire and her neighbours have also been betrayed not only by their own lawyers but by the failure of the government of Cyprus to enforce criminal law.

This consumer protection law, Cap96 Article 10, makes it a criminal offence for the developer to allow the buyers to take up occupancy before a Certificate of Final Completion is issued.

This law would have ensured that legal services were in place before the unfortunate buyers moved in. I have spoken to a lawyer on behalf of Claire and there are precious few avenues to go down.

I can only imagine the problem Claire and her other neighbours with small children have without proper cooking, washing and refrigeration facilities,” he said.

Residents of Paralimni complex left in the dark

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  • Hector says:

    And don’t think that the same doesn’t happen in North Cyprus, it does! Anyone thinking of any form of investment in Cyprus, whether north or south, should look elsewhere.

  • Matt says:

    Disgusting – Despicable – Shameful acts still being practiced in Cyprus as we speak.

    I challenge Anyone to prove to me that there is No honest Developer or Estate Agent operating in Cyprus!

    Can you image an estate agent turning down an opportunity of losing £££k commission just because they knew the house sell wasn’t 100% good!

    ..and Developers not wanting to build 100% secure builds.

    Show me an estate agent who refuses to sell Any house that isn’t in the buyers best interest and show me a developer that only builds 100% guaranteed houses and never ever breaks or flouts the Cypriot law..

    They don’t exists

  • from Austria says:

    THE DEVELOPERS NAME ?

  • Lance Hames says:

    As you are aware, we who live in Marathunta on the Paradise Hills complex have had no mains electricity, no connecting roads, no sewerage system working for 5 years and all this from an Englishman here in Paphos, MDB Developers who are now in Administration leaving us in a Cypriot limbo nightmare.

  • houbara says:

    Nice Story!

    Another nice story about a developer in the area of Paralimni.

    Is there any end to such terrible stories or not?

    Which image does the outside world get from the situation in Cyprus?

    Not so good one…???

  • Peter says:

    I say again buy in Cyprus and you will lose your home that you have paid for in full, but will never own.

    It is owned by the banks, the developer and even if there is no mortgage the Government will seize it to clear off the toxic debts of the developer, even if there is no mortgage it is still an asset of the company.

    In the ‘pecking’ order you are an unsecured creditor and Government revenue come first

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