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Monday, May 25, 2020

Yearly Archives: 2018

Management committees fall foul of law

A number of management committees, which manage and administer jointly-owned buildings in Cyprus, have recently found their bank accounts frozen due to a law introduced in 2017.

Passports scheme could bring Dutch disease

The Fiscal Council has warned that overreliance on the Passports for Cash Scheme aka Citizenship by Investment Scheme aka Golden Visa Program could bring 'Dutch disease' to Cyprus.

Rent scam suspects detained in Limassol

Two suspects in Limassol have been remanded in custody for four days on suspicion of operating a rent scam following complaints from tenants who'd been paying €800/month for the last four months.

Bills rewarding bad borrowers may pass

The bills rewarding bad borrowers by exempting them from paying income tax, capital gains tax, property transfer fees, stamp duty and the special defence contribution are expected to pass.

Applications from Golden visa providers

As from July 31st golden visa applications will only be accepted from providers that have registered with the scheme's supervisory body and who have signed up to a code of conduct.

MPs table bill to tax Airbnb-style rentals

A bill to regulate and tax the income on short-term Airbnb-style property rentals has been tabled by two MPs and should go before the plenum prior to the parliamentary summer recess.

Limassol rent price protest

Around 1,000 Limassolians and others are expected to gather outside the Limassol District Administration Offices in Anexartisias Street to protest against the exorbitant rent prices in the town.

Reward bad borrowers; punish the good

In a move, which if successful, will result in rewarding bad borrowers while punishing the good, the Cyprus parliament is expected to vote on proposals granting tax relief to bank debtors by July.

Speeding up issue of Title Deeds

The Cyprus government is ready discuss ways to reduce the time taken to issue Title Deeds, which has tarnished the reputation of Cyprus as a safe place to buy property by overseas investors.

Four more high rise buildings in Limassol

Pafilia property developers are planning to build four high rise residential towers in Limassol of 43, 38, 31 and 25 storeys next to Limassol Municipal gardens, the tallest of which will reach 173 metres.

Cyprus running out of time to reduce NPLs

Pressure is mounting on the Cyprus banks to reduce non-performing loans (NPLs) and proposals put forward by the Finance Ministry could also fix areas in the law affecting the issue of title deeds from indebted developers.

Permits for new homes up 13.3 per cent

The number of building permits for the construction of new homes in Cyprus rose 13.3 per cent in March 2018 compared to March 2017 providing for the construction of 467 new homes.

Cyprus property sales up 29% in May (Update)

The number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in May with the number of sales contracts deposited at Land Registry Offices across the Republic up 29 per cent compared with May 2017.

REMU debt to asset swaps increasing

Increasing numbers of properties in Cyprus including homes, hotels and golf courses are being transferred to the Bank of Cyprus Real Estate Management Unit (REMU) by debt to asset swaps.

Another high rise development in Limassol

The Shacolas group is planning to demolish the Debenhams Olympia centre in Limassol to make way for the 197 metre high rise Aura development of luxury apartments that will be the tallest in Cyprus.

U-turn on crocodile park

The decision by Achna council to withdraw its support for the crocodile park has been greeted with great relief by the local residents who had opposed the park according to reports.

Cyprus property price rises continue

The RICS Cyprus Property Price Index for Q4 2017 reports price increases for another quarter with significant price rises for houses and apartments in Limassol and Larnaca and offices in Nicosia.

Help needed to revalue 2 million properties

Approximately two million properties in Cyprus are to be revalued and the Department of Lands and Surveys will soon invite tenders from property appraisers to help with the task.

Lawyers’ price-fixing challenge success

The complaint by 'Fairness in Fees' to the European Commission challenging price-fixing by the Cyprus Bar Association (CBA) has been successful; their minimum fee regulations will soon be consigned to the bin.

EC urges Title Deeds, NPL & other reforms

The European Commission has once again recommended that Cyprus takes measures to ensure reliable and swift systems for the issuance of Title Deeds & speed the reduction of non-performing loans.

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Historic collapse of property sales

Property sales in Cyprus have collapsed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to a level only seen once before when the events of March 2013 made Cyprus a household name around the world.

Building permits maintaining strong growth

The number of building permits authorised in Cyprus during February 2020 provided for the construction of 680 new homes; an increase of 18 per cent compared to February 2019 according to official figures.

Cyprus passport programme under fire again

The Cyprus citizenship by investment programme, which enables well-heeled foreigners to obtain an EU passport for investments of at least €2 million, has come under fire again from the European Union.

You have insurance but are you insured?

The heavy winter rains have resulted in many insurance claims but as many have found to their horror, although their insurance premium has been paid, they discover that they're not insured when they make a claim.