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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 […]

Top 10 property contract clauses

When you instruct a lawyer in Cyprus you trust them to include everything that needs to be included in the contract purchasing the property to protect you. Sometimes it is only when things go wrong that you realise that something extra could have been added into the contract to protect you. As a non-specialist it […]

Top 5 legal tips for property buyers

BUYING a property in Cyprus can be a daunting experience, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the system here. You need to find a lawyer you can trust, who will act for you independently and make sure that your position is fully protected… the problem is – how do you know if your lawyer is […]

Is your lawyer working for you?

People buying property in Cyprus often make the fundamental mistake of not taking independent legal advice. Many choose to use the ‘free’ legal services offered by the developer. Others use a lawyer who’s been introduced or recommended to them by the developer or the real estate agent acting on the developer’s behalf (unaware that estate […]

Title Deed trap and the emergence of self-help groups

The Politics of Homeownership and Title Deeds (1) We have been consistent in explaining, and drawing attention to the sorry state of affairs which exist regarding the matter of homeownership and the issue of title deeds. Recent developments in the field and concerns expressed from readers merit a return to this topic by taking a […]

Buyers and their odyssey: case studies

The Politics of Homeownership and Title Deeds (2) In last month’s issue of in In Touch we critically examined the historical, social and legal issues, outdated laws and legal contradictions and the collusion between the authorities, developers and vendors in general which have gradually let to the present sorry affair regarding “titleless” properties. The quest […]

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