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Department of Land and Surveys Citizens Charter

The Department of Lands and Surveys ‘Citizens Charter’ provides information on the services it offers together with the procedures to be followed and the costs associated with various types of applications related to immovable property in Cyprus.

Bill to give more powers to Land Registry Directors

Land Registry Directors may soon be given powers to ease the issue of Title Deeds to individual owners of co-owned property in cases where one or more of the co-owners refuses to cooperate.

Could north court ruling have significance for south?

In a case that that may be significant for those living in the south of the Island, a Norwegian lady living in the occupied areas of Cyprus recently won her case against a landowner and the ‘TRNC’ Ministry of the Interior.

O’Dwyer aid marks a Cyprus legal first

Conor O’Dwyer, whose dispute with Paralimni-based property developer Christoforos Karayiannas & Son Ltd has been dragging on for more than six years, has been granted legal aid to continue his civil action.

An end to greedy developers extorting cancellation fees

The days when greedy property developers could extort contract cancellation fees from purchasers who wished to sell a property in Cyprus before its Title Deed had been issued have come to an end.

Commission refers Cyprus to EU Court of Justice

The European Commission has referred Cyprus to the European Court of Justice for non-compliance with European Union Treaty rules on the free movement of capital in respect of unrestricted access to buy a second home in Cyprus.

Cyprus Town Planning Amnesty penalties announced

The Ministry of Interior has published the penalty charges to be levied under the temporary provisions of the Cyprus Town Planning Amnesty for planning irregularities resulting from overbuilding.

Conveyancing property in Cyprus and due diligence

One of the issues that people face when buying real estate in Cyprus is that there appears to be no defined tasks that a lawyer is required to undertake when conveyancing property, which may lead to severe complications for the buyer at a later date.

Bar Association’s Disciplinary Board in the dock

Reports of “crooked” lawyers, particularly in Paphos, are widespread; but what hope is there for justice when the Bar Association’s Disciplinary Board appears unable to address complaints in a timely manner?

New specific performance law increases safeguards

Designed to provide added protection for those buying property on the Island, a new Specific Performance law will come into force in Cyprus shortly that will replace the existing ‘Sale of Land (Specific Performance) Law’.

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