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Accidents and Deaths ‘Waiting to Happen’ – Who’s to Blame?

THIS week’s recriminations involving the state, local authorities and building contractors over who is to blame for the death of a couple whose car was swept off what appears to be a badly-constructed bridge, have drawn attention yet again to the prevailing situation on the island where nobody is ever held responsible, or made to […]

Paying the Price for Rampant Development

DEPUTIES yesterday blamed over development for the catastrophic consequences of recent thunderstorms in Paphos, which killed two people and wrecked buildings and crops. “Nature may be slow, but it is punishing,” said DISY Deputy Costas Constantinou during yesterday’s meeting of the House Interior Committee, which met to discuss the possible responsibilities of local authorities and […]

We Cannot Mess with the Environment with Impunity

THE TORRENTIAL rain that has hit the Paphos district several times over the past few weeks has caused a host of problems ranging from mudslides to flash floods, which on Monday resulted in human tragedy. There had been warning signs just over a couple of weeks ago, when tourists holidaying at Coral Bay were lucky […]

Paphos Tragedy: Who’s to Blame?

RECRIMINATIONS flew yesterday over Monday’s mudslide in the Paphos area, which killed one woman, with her husband still missing. Politicians blamed rampant development and disregard of drainage management on authorities and greedy developers; developers pointed the finger at the authorities; and local administration washed their hands of responsibility, arguing that Town Planning never consults with […]

Why Paphos?

THE Paphos area has been struck by torrential rain three times in the past two weeks, causing major problems including the flooding of properties, flash floods, mudslides, traffic chaos and power cuts. One local estate agent said the main problem was caused by developers building on unsuitable sites. “They buy cheap land on ravines, with […]

Energy Certificates For Your Home

IMPLEMENTATION of the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings laying down minimum performance on new and existing buildings will begin within the next six months. On Thursday, Parliament passed the Directive into law after the European Commission sent final warnings to Cyprus, along with Greece, Hungary, Malta and Sweden in June for failure […]

Cyprus Could Suffer from Nightmare Property Red Tape

IF THE problem with the title deeds is not resolved soon, Cyprus will suffer irreparable damages both on a local and an international scale, chartered surveyor and property appraiser Antonis Loizou warned yesterday. Loizou was speaking after a meeting of the House Commerce Committee, which discussed the difficulties faced by house buyers. The property appraiser […]

Planning Changes Spark Controversy

EVEN before they are fully published, the Local Plans, extending the building zones in the major towns, are causing widespread controversy. What is causing the debate is the provision allowing detached homes to be built outside residential areas on agricultural land on the outskirts of urban centres. Explaining the finalisation of the plans by the […]

Title Deeds Nightmare to End Up on Channel 4

BRITISH broadcaster Channel 4 is coming to Cyprus after being contacted by expats who have bought property on the island and not received their title deeds. The property boom over the past few years is one of the main causes of the problem as the authorities struggle to stay afloat, swamped with applications. Last Thursday, […]

Deadline on Title Deeds Law Extended

Parliament on Thursday night voted to extend the time period in which the law for the legalisation of a significant number of irregularities regarding immovable properties purchased before March 2005 is in effect. In an effort to combat the huge delays facing property buyers in the issuance of their title deeds caused by the recent […]

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