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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 […]

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 agent is in partnership with the developer and has financial interests in the development being sold).

There is an extremely high probability that any lawyer recommended by a property developer or one of their agents, may be the developers own lawyer. Obviously, such a lawyer cannot provide independent legal advice because he cannot have the interests of buyers at heart.

My number one piece of advice to anyone buying property in Cyprus is to ensure they take independent legal advice; steer well clear of using the developer’s lawyer or their ‘free’ legal services.

The British High Commission in Nicosia has recently revised its list of lawyers who are able to offer advice in English and has kindly allowed me to publish it.

You will find the High Commission’s list in my Download area of my website (along with other useful information provided by the High Commission).

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