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Brit in property dispute gets no relief from Attorney General

OPENING a new can of worms for Cyprus property owners, the Attorney General has told a British buyer his developers had not committed any crime by effectively re-selling a house legally registered in his name. The three-line letter to Conor O’Dwyer, who is engaged in a high-profile dispute with the developers over a house in […]

What hope for justice in Cyprus?

WHEN Interior Ministry official Savvas Ioannou was questioned by Jean Christou about the ‘Immovable Property Tax Scam’, he was reported as saying: “This is not a matter where the state can intervene, but if a buyer feels that any term in the contract is abusive, this can be examined by the courts in the context […]

Cyprus property lawyer says contract cancellation fees are illegal

A major problem has been created by greedy property developers who insist on claiming cancellation fees from purchasers. The developers try to take advantage of buyers who wish to re-sell property purchased without a separate title deed.

Can we get our money back?

WE are new to all this and hoping for some help and advice. We paid a reservation fee of £2,500 to an overseas property marketing company in the UK for an off-plan apartment in Kiti. Having returned from their viewing trip to Cyprus and despite them trying to persuade us to use their lawyer, we […]

Immovable property tax & fraudulent practices

The Immovable Property Tax law based on 1980 values is to most foreigners a very confusing concept which has no parallel in other EU countries. Relying on this confusion, developers ensnare and contain clients in the Title Deed trap.

New swimming pool laws bring relief

The Cyprus government is looking into changing the laws concerning swimming pools will bring relief to many people who have bought property in Cyprus. Under current legislation, communal swimming pools in private developments are treated as public swimming pools.

Top 10 tips on what to do on discovering problems with your new property

Having taken delivery of a new property, some buyers discover they have problems. This article has been by Louise Zambartas, a dual qualified English Solicitor and Cyprus Advocate, advising people what do do if they find themselves in this situation.

Top 10 tips on buying land in Cyprus

Every property purchase has individual factors which make it unique and in the case of buying land in Cyprus there are some special considerations which need to be carefully examined during the purchase process. Here are my top ten hints on buying land in Cyprus. Tip 1 – Ensure the person selling to you owns […]

Top 10 tips on making a Will in Cyprus

NOBODY likes to think about making a Will, but whenever you have a major change in your family or financial circumstances you need to think carefully about what provisions you have in place to protect your loved ones. The laws of succession in Cyprus are not the same as in the UK – or elsewhere […]

Top 10 pitfalls to avoid when buying property in Cyprus

When undertaken properly, purchasing a property in Cyprus is a pretty straightforward process. However, I am regularly approached by individuals who have purchased in Cyprus and have encountered some sort of problems with their property purchase and they need me to help them to clean up the mess! The truth is that almost always, the […]

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