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Yearly Archives: 2018

A letter to UK Nationals living in Cyprus

British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie has written an open letter to UK nationals living in Cyprus with the latest on negotiations regarding the UK's departure from the European Union.

Discussion on old mortgages bill postponed

Discussions on the bill seeking to exempt pre-2014 mortgages from the foreclosure laws have been postponed by the house finance committee while it waits for the bills related to the issue of non-performing loans (NPLs).

Limit on citizenship scheme announced

The Council of Ministers has decided to restrict the number of citizenships granted under the ‘Citizenship by Investment Scheme', aka ‘Golden Visa Program’ aka ‘Passports for Cash Scheme’ to 700 a year.

Sewerage blocks Title Deeds

After many years of waiting patiently for the Title Deeds to the properties they bought in Cyprus, some purchasers are finding that they cannot get clean deeds as they're blocked by sewerage.

Online rented property regulation

Suggestions to regulate property in Cyprus that is offered for rent online through organisations such as AirBnB have been put to the House by MPs Averoff Neophytou and Elias Myrianthous.

Cyprus property: biggest in Europe

Did you know that the average size of a Cyprus property is the largest in Europe, while properties in Romania are the smallest according to the dwelling size statistics published by Eurostat.

Reduce non-performing loans by 40% in 2018

The Finance Ministry's 'Stability Programme 2018 – 2021' outlines a three-pronged strategy to address the high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the banking sector that pose a risk to the economy.

Bill to exempt old mortgages from foreclosure

Officials from the government and the Cyprus Central Bank have warned that a bill seeking to exempt pre-2014 mortgages from the foreclosure laws would wreak havoc on banks' balance sheets.

Permits for new homes up 12.5 per cent

The number of building permits for the construction of new homes in Cyprus rose 12.5 per cent in February 2018 compared to February 2017 providing for the construction of 431 new homes.

Crocodile park back in the news

The proposed crocodile park at Achna was back in the news this week as the MPs in the House Environment Committee discussed health risks to humans and environmental issues.

April property sales up 29%

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

Mixed views on crocodile park

The 500 people who attended a meeting last night to discuss the proposed crocodile park near the Achna reservoir had mixed views on the proposal put forward by the Israeli firm TSA Crocopark.

Tax shock for British residents in Cyprus

The revised UK and Cyprus Double Taxation Convention, which was signed on 22 March, could result in higher taxes for some retired British residents in Cyprus whose pensions are paid by the UK Government.

Taxing Airbnb property rental income

The practice of renting properties in Cyprus through Airbnb and other websites has come under the scrutiny of the tax authorities who are looking to address the problem of tax evasion on rental income received.

Residential property prices continue to rise

The Cyprus Central Bank reports that the price of residential property in Cyprus (apartments and houses) continued to rise on a quarterly and annual basis during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Crocodile park gets go-ahead

A crocodile park earlier rejected by the Psematismenos and Athienou communities has been given the green light by the Achna Community Council in Famagusta by a majority of council members.

VAT break for young couples buying land for first home

Young couples buying land for their first home in Cyprus may only pay 5 per cent VAT on its purchase price rather than 19 per cent under a draft bill submitted to parliament by the government.

Non-performing loans (NPLs) initiative

Following comments from the troika on the extremely high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) the Cyprus government is preparing proposals to improve the insolvency and foreclosure laws.

Limassol rent rises spiral upwards

Property rents in Limassol have increased by around 25 per cent over the past two years, much higher than other cities in Cyprus resulting in many locals being priced out of the market.

Cyprus property revaluations underway

Cyprus properties are being revalued by the Department of Lands and Surveys to reflect their 2018 values; the revaluation exercise was announced by DLS Director Andreas Sokratous earlier today.

Most Read

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.