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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 […]

Conor O’Dwyer stages UK protest

BRITISH home buyer Conor O’Dwyer will begin a three-day protest outside one Britain’s biggest property fairs in a move that could seriously damage the lucrative industry in Cyprus. O’Dwyer, 38, told the Cyprus Mail yesterday that he and his wife would protest outside The Homebuyer & Property Investor Show at ExCeL in London, which begins […]

Top 10 property investment tips

THERE ARE many reasons to invest in a property in Cyprus – and probably twice as many pitfalls or reasons why you shouldn’t be buying here. So what do you need to do before taking the plunge? Here are my top 10 property investment tips for those thinking of buying property in Cyprus. Tip 1 […]

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 […]

Specific Performance what Protection?

In 2001 we bought a plot of land and had a house built on it. We decided to move to somewhere closer to town and we’ve been trying to sell. We’ve had a few people around and one couple put in an offer which we accepted. But when their lawyer did a search he found […]

Cyprus property developers claim expat tried blackmail

THE PARALIMNI Cyprus property developers at the centre of a police assault investigation involving a British home buyer yesterday countered the allegation by accusing him of blackmail. Conor O’Dwyer, 38, spent six days in Larnaca hospital last week after being allegedly assaulted by the father and son developers, who were later arrested and held in […]

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 […]

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