SUBMISSIONS of Statements of Intent under the temporary provisions of the Town Planning Amnesty must be accompanied by a sworn statement provided by an architect or civil engineer registered with the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) confirming that the property existed on 7th April 2011.
ETEK has produced a list of suitably qualified architects and civil engineers who can assist with the completion of the necessary application forms and provide sworn statements. The list includes a total of 168 individuals based in the districts of Famagusta, Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos.
Those wishing to submit a ‘Statement of Intent’ or a full application are recommended to contact two or three of those listed and obtain competitive quotations for the work.
The period during which ‘Statement of Intent’ may be submitted ends on the 7th October 2011. Applicants will have until 7th October 2014 to apply to the relevant Town Planning or Building Authority for a Certificate of Final Completion for the building.
Since the Town Planning Amnesty was announced, hundreds of people who have bought property in Cyprus without Title Deeds have been targeted by a number of organisations and individuals offering to submit applications to the authorities on their behalf. The cost of their ‘services’ ranges between €1,000 and €4,000 (plus VAT).
The ‘Statement of Intent’ is a simple document, which requires the submission of certain basic information regarding the development and the irregularities; drawings and/or expensive studies are not required.
Readers who have been contacted by these organisations should read the Planning Amnesty Announcement provided by the Interior Ministry.