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Parliament approves VAT on building land

The new bill imposing VAT on building land has been approved by parliament and will come into force on 2nd January 2018 some ten years after the deadline set by the European Union.

Peyia goes to court over Vassiliou project

The Peyia council is taking the Nicosia town planning department to court over its decision to issue a planning permit for a mammoth development on a hillside (Ayia Vouni) overlooking Peyia.

VAT on land sales agreement

Cyprus is to impose VAT at a rate of 19 per cent on land sales for commercial activities, which will be based on the Dutch model according to a report in the Greek language media.

Cyprus court upholds trapped buyers law

The Limassol District Court has upheld the ‘trapped buyers’ law overturning previous district court rulings in favour of banks that blocked Title Deeds being issued to some 70,000 trapped buyers.

Paphos Land Registry abuse of power

Officials at the Paphos Land Registry have been accused of breach of power by a local businessman who claims that certain officials have been deliberately dragging their feet over the survey of a plot of land.

Bank of Cyprus fined €170,000

The Bank of Cyprus has been hit with a €170,000 administrative fine by the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (CCPS) following its investigation into the bank’s commercial practices relating to mortgage loans.

Vote imposing VAT on land sales postponed

A vote by the Cyprus government on a bill to impose 19 percent VAT on land sales (building and development plots) has been postponed until September; the draft bill will be sent to the EC.

Trapped buyers (update 2)

The House Legal Affairs Committee is meeting today in efforts to resolve constitutional issues with the trapped buyers law. Meanwhile here is sitrep from Marina Massoura from the law firm of L.G. Zambartas LLC.

New obstacle to solving Title Deeds mess

Solutions to the Title Deed mess resulting from court decisions declaring that the ‘Trapped Buyers’ law is unconstitutional will be the subject of a meeting between all parties on 16th June.

Why trapped buyers law unconstitutional

Marina Massoura from the law firm of L.G. Zambartas LLC explains why the trapped buyers law was ruled as being unconstitutional by the District Courts in Limassol and Paphos.

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