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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 […]

Property Inspection Trips: The Pros and Cons

There is value in seeing developments for yourself, but only if you are not pressured to put down a deposit straight away and you are allowed to make a decision back at home – and if you have researched other agents and property in your country of choice. If you purchase a property at an […]

Warning Signs of Worse to Come

MY brother, Dr Christopher Solomon, a retired university professor (his quantum mechanics doctorate investigated Einstein’s Theory of Relativity), lives in a recently constructed bungalow just down the road from that burgeoning expat township of Peyia, situated high on the coastal hills near Paphos. He lives with his wife, Marjorie, a member of the ‘Women Write’ […]

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 […]

Unscrupulous Developers Need to be Taken to Task

DEPUTIES examining the long delays in the issuing of title deeds to homebuyers appeared to have finally understood the main cause of the problem after Monday’s House Interior Committee meeting. Light was shed on the problem by the director of the Land Registry Department Andreas Christodoulou, who said there were cases of home-buyers who had […]

Buying New Property in Cyprus?

I was once asked the question “Why are all villas and apartments for sale in Cyprus advertised as being ‘luxury properties’?” I replied “Because if the developer can sell them to unsuspecting expatriates, he’ll be able to retire in luxury!” OK, it’s a joke and many expatriates have no problems when buying property in Cyprus. […]

Caveat Emptor – Let the Property Buyer Beware

The property boom on the island over the past few years has led to many buyers not receiving their title deeds as the authorities struggle to stay afloat, swamped with applications. In September 1999, it had been announced that thousands of property buyers who had not received title deeds from the seller could now take […]

Cyprus Property Cheats

With regards to property cheats, on your Letters page the problem stems way before this. Firstly you need your property developer, who comes along with ‘Horse, Saddle and Spurs’. He decides to build, puts down the base for columns and his architects tell him they are wrong. He doesn’t rectify this problem and so the […]

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