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Title Deeds (2) In last month’s issue of in In Touch we critically examined the historical, social and legal issues, outdated laws and legal contradictions and the collusion between the authorities, developers and vendors in general which have gradually let to the present sorry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

Surviving the Property Jungle: A Safety Kit for Property Hunters

The Politics of Homeownership and Title Deeds (3) This final Part 3 of our articles on the property trap is about good practice. In the previous articles we explained the traps laid by others to catch purchasers and the problems the latter often experience as they fall into the traps. The present paper is about […]

Avoiding the bad apples

You cannot expect the same checks and searches to be carried out in Cyprus when buying property as you would have done in the UK.

Compensation for late delivery of a property

IN A CONTRACT OF SALE regarding immovable property, either off plan or under construction, there is usually a term stating that the purchaser is entitled to a specific amount of money as monthly compensation in the case of late delivery of the sold property. This term, however, is considered as a penalty clause and it […]

An Oasis in the Search for Title Deeds

THE PROTECTION of the rights of buyers of immovable property in Cyprus constitutes a chaotic and worrying reality. Thousands of bona fide and well-intentioned investors, local and foreign, have been investing their money for many years in the property industry of the island, buying houses, villas and apartments. One of the basic promises is that […]

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