OWNERS of apartments in Cyprus and units in other types of building complexes who refuse to pay their fair share towards the insurance, maintenance and repair of the common areas could soon find themselves facing a 12 month jail sentence or a fine of €1,700.
The proposals are contained in a bill tabled in parliament by MP Christos Mesis.
In a report accompanying the bill, Mr Mesis explained that the changes to the law are necessary to address health and safety issues arising in public areas of developments due to their lack of maintenance.
In some cases Management Committees established to manage the day-to-day operation of residential complexes are unable to meet their responsibilities due to owners refusing to pay; this is a particular problem with properties in holiday complexes where many of the owners are living overseas.
If the bill becomes law, Management Committees will be able to take any steps necessary to recover amounts due from anyone failing or neglecting to pay their fair share in accordance with the provisions the law – non-payers could end up in jail.