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Vote imposing VAT on land sales postponed

A vote by the Cyprus government on a bill to impose 19 percent VAT on land sales (building and development plots) has been postponed until September; the draft bill will be sent to the EC.

Ten years to clear Title Deed backlog

At the current rate of Title Deed issuance it would take approximately ten years to address the backlog according to the spring 2017 issue of the European Commission’s Post-Programme Surveillance Report on Cyprus.

Imposing VAT on land sales

Cyprus is facing hefty fines from the European Commission if it does not impose VAT on land sales, but the imposition of VAT will have knock-on effects on the property market and the banks.

Cyprus: NPLs remain “very high”

Following the second post-programme surveillance mission to Cyprus, the European Commission and the European Central Bank reports that NPLs remain “very high” and that “reform momentum has weakened noticeably.”

Cyprus has made limited progress

Cyprus has made limited progress with implementing the 2016 country-specific recommendations said the European Commission in its country report on Cyprus issued earlier today.

More work needed on Title Deeds

There is still considerable work to be done on what the EC refers to as “the currently dysfunctional Title Deeds issuance and transfer system” in its post-programme surveillance report on Cyprus.

Cyprus advised to do more

The European Commission has issued Cyprus with a number of recommendations to speed the issuance of Title Deeds, reduce NPLs, eliminate impediments in the insolvency and foreclosure frameworks, etc.

50,000 housing units in Cyprus unsold

Up to 50,000 housing units in Cyprus have remained unsold for a considerable time based on the difference between the number of building permits authorised and contracts of sale deposited at Land Registry offices.

EC report highlights non-performing loans

Efforts to restructure non-performing loans have not yet shown tangible results although financial institutions have stepped up their debt restructuring efforts according to a European Commission report.

Lawyers to face price-fixing challenge

A formal legal complaint against the Cyprus Bar Association at the European Competition Commission is planned by an organisation that is challenging the price-fixing of lawyers’ fees in Cyprus for out-of-court cases.

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