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Cyprus building standards

A LETTER in the Cyprus Mail tells the story of a Brit who moved to Cyprus and bought a newly-built house. The property looked impressive, but after a year or two it had serious damp problems and a number of alarming cracks appeared. A neighbour was a former builder who had seen the house being […]

Building permit numbers up in October

ACCORDING to the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT), there was a small increase in the number of building permits issued in October 2008 compared with the number issued in October 2007. 844 building permits were issued during October 2008, up 47 on last year. These building permits provided for the construction of 2,088 dwelling units, which […]

Property secrets

Municipalities refusing to disclose information about planned development projects to interested citizens are breaking the law, according to the ombudswoman Iliana Nicolaou. The right of access to public records is enshrined in the Constitution.

Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol marinas delayed

ACCORDING to reports in the local press work on three new marinas in Cyprus has been delayed. The marinas affected are in Larnaca, Paphos and Limassol. In July it was announced that the contract for the Larnaca marina had been awarded to the Zenon Consortium. Following this announcement objections were raised by the unsuccessful bidders […]

20,000 Cyprus property industry workers face job losses

THE president of the Cyprus Construction Association, Sotos Lois, has said that 20,000 workers in the property industry may lose their jobs. Sotos Lois warned that if forecasts of a 40% drop in construction sector activity prove to be true, lay-offs could not be avoided. At a press conference today, he noted that sackings in […]

Planning: amnesty & development proposals

WE understand that a bill concerning an amnesty for property owners who have committed urban planning violations will be submitted to the Cyprus Parliament before the end of the year. Speaking to Parliament, Interior MInister Neoclis Silikiotis said: “It’s not an issue of urban amnesty only, but it is about mortgages to banks or other […]

Building permits fall for eleventh month in a row

ACCORDING to the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT), the number of building permits issued in August has fallen for the eleventh month in a row. CYSTAT figures reveal that the number of building permits authorised during August 2008 stood at 504, compared with 558 in August 2007. These building permits provided for the construction of 931 […]

EU calls for halt to sales of Greek Cypriot property in the north

In Resolution 1628, the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE) has called on the authorities of the Turkish Cypriot community to “put an end to the sales of, and construction on, Greek Cypriot properties in the northern part of Cyprus“. PACE also called on the Turkish Cypriot community to: “confirm their commitment to reunifying Cyprus, […]

Cyprus Building Permits June 2008

THE Cyprus Statistical Service (CySTAT) has just released the building permit figures for June 2008. During the month 779 were issued, compared with 848 during June 2007. The total value of these permits was €244.7 million and their total area 312.8 thousand square metres. They provided for the construction of 1,659 dwelling units. During the […]

Can I stop being deafened by building work

EARLIER this year my wife and I took delivery of a property in a large development near Paphos. Since we moved in we are constantly being deafened by the noise of building work going on all around us. The builders start arriving on site at around 06:45 and are so noisy talking to each other, […]

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