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Tuesday 14th July 2020

Monthly Archives: November, 2019

Cyprus: buying property

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office has recently updated information for British nationals wanting to buy property in Cyprus; further information be found on the UK.GOV website.

Names of 25 citizenship investors revealed

The names of 25 of the 26 investors from whom Cyprus is in the process of revoking citizenship have been named; nine Russians, eight Cambodians, five Chinese, two Kenyans and one Malaysian.

BoC to repossess non-Estia protected properties

The Bank of Cyprus (BoC) will repossess properties if their owners do not apply for protection under the Estia scheme; it's only received 487 applications from an estimated 2,500 eligible owners.

Online property auctions to combat NPLs

An online auctions platform has been launched designed to increase the sale of mortgaged properties whose owners have defaulted on their loan agreement and before a foreclosure has taken place.

Instability expected in Cyprus real estate sector

Although it's too early to make any conclusions, there are indications that the Cyprus real estate sector may experience significant instability and uncertainty in 2020 according to a PwC report.

Court annuls Alpha Bank Cyprus fine

The Administrative Court has annulled a fine of €250,000 imposed on Alpha Bank Cyprus by the Cyprus Consumer Protection Service (CCPS) in October 2016 for unfair terms in its loan contracts.

Cyprus real estate market review

The PwC Cyprus Real Estate Market review for the 1st half of 2019 reveals that a quarter of all property transactions took place in April, just before stricter criteria were introduced for those applying for citizenship.

Estia scheme falling flat on its face

The Cyprus non-performing loans scheme, Estia, is probably falling flat on its face; applicants need to complete 30 pages with their family income and property details and include 40 to 50 other documents.

Radical justice reforms on the way

The government is determined to introduce radical reforms to the justice system to do away with lengthy delays and restore confidence among quality investors turned-off by the legal labyrinth.

Paphos marina may have cruise ship facilities

The cabinet has given the green light for a study that will look into the possibility of building facilities for cruise ships as part of a proposed Paphos marina at Kissonerga Potima Bay to the north of the town.

Smaller rise in new home building permits

Building permits authorised in Cyprus during August 2019 provided for the construction of 525 new homes, compared with 453 in August 2018 according to official figures published by the Cyprus Statistical Service.

Overseas property sales fall

There was an overall reduction in Cyprus property sales to overseas buyers in October, with sales to EU citizens falling by 9 per cent, while sales to non-EU citizens fell by 25 per cent.

Cyprus to strip citizenship of 26 investors

Cyprus is to strip 26 citizenships for people who obtained passports by investing including nine Russians, eight Cambodians, five Chinese, two Kenyans, one Iranian and one Malaysian.

Bank foreclosure: outline of the legal framework

The procedure by which banks in Cyprus foreclose on property is often confusing and the law misinterpreted; Christiana Achilleos, a Senior Litigation Lawyer, provides an outline of the legal framework.

Minister downplays citizenship scheme’s value

The importance of the Cyprus citizenship by investment programme, which was introduced when the Cypriot economy was in deep recession, must not be overestimated says finance minister.

Small rise in property sales

October saw a marginal rise in Cyprus property sales compared to the corresponding month last year according to the latest official figures released by the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Fugitive businessman holds Cyprus passport

Fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, who holds a Cypriot passport and citizenship, has been described as a Malaysian conman sought by the authorities of Malaysia, Singapore, and the US.

ESTIA debt relief scheme failing big time

With only 3% of loan defaulters applying for the government's ESTIA debt relief scheme, economics professor Stavros Zenios from the University of Cyprus, tweeted the scheme is "failing BIG time."

Skyscrapers are not mushrooming says minister

Interior Minister said "Skyscrapers are not mushrooming…Cyprus won't turn into a Manhattan" on Thursday when claims that the citizenship-by-investment programme might lead to fiscal derailment were also rejected.

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COVID-19 hits new homes in Cyprus

Permits for the construction of new homes in Cyprus fell by more than a half during April; the second month during which the COVID-19 containment measures continued to apply.

Cyprus’ largest ever housing project will help low-income families

Limassol municipality and the Land Development Corporation (KOAG) reached an official agreement on Thursday regarding the establishment of the largest housing project ever undertaken in Cyprus, worth €100 million.

Corrupt lawyers continue to plunder estates

Corrupt lawyersin Cyprus continue to plunder the estates of their deceased clients by calculating their fees for administering estates on the Cyprus Bar Association's 'Minimum Fee Regulations', which were abolished in 2018

Cyprus house price index up 2.5 per cent

The Cyprus house price index rose by an average of 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter according to official figures from the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT)