Cyprus Property News magazine for overseas buyers & real estate investors

Saturday 4th July 2020

Editorial

Cyprus building & construction driven by passports

Although the years of austerity in the Cyprus building and construction sectors appear to be over, pundits believe that they remain heavily dependent on the passport for investment scheme.

Armou landslide victims sue Cyprus government

A British couple whose dream home at Armou in Cyprus is collapsing due to the landslide is suing the Cypriot government for allowing the development to be built on unstable ground.

Highest property prices and rents in Limassol

Limassol is where rental and property prices are the highest in Cyprus according to a recent report by DANOS International Property Consultants (DANOS/BNPPRE) due to tourism and Airbnb-type rentals.

Cyprus hotels pushing for Airbnb legislation

The Cyprus Hotel Association is pressing MPs to pass a bill regulating Airbnb type rentals that has been on the table for nearly a year to combat what hoteliers consider as unfair competition.

Properties without Title Deeds give banks headaches

Developers who didn't follow the rules are giving the banks headaches as a number of repossessed properties and homes without Title Deeds are now re-entering the property market.

Money to help Land Registry clear backlog

€3.6 million has been requested by the Interior Ministry to help clear the backlog of cases at the Land Registries involving Title Deeds, boundary disputes, etc. and to pay associated expenses.

Alarm bells over house prices

The Central Bank of Cyprus has sounded alarm bells over rising house prices, particularly in Limassol, due to the Invest Citizenship scheme and has highlighted the need for vigilance.

Changes to Citizenship scheme approved

Changes to Cyprus' controversial citizenship-by-investment scheme, which has granted 1,864 citizenships and generated €6.6 billion of foreign investment, have been approved by the Cabinet.

Citizenship schemes need greater scrutiny

During his visit Cyprus, the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat said that level of scrutiny regarding European citizenship schemes needs to be upped and that, generally speaking, Malta's system was in order.

EU citizenship schemes need full transparency

Cyprus has been told that all EU citizenship schemes need to have full transparency and Brussels has deployed experts to ensure these schemes prevent tax evasion, money laundering and security threats

Ayia Napa golf course plans rejected

Plans to build a golf course at Ayia Napa have been given the thumbs down by the Environmental Department as it will have significant negative and irreversible effects on the environment.

House repossessions at a low ebb

Although recent changes to the law have been made in efforts aimed at helping the Cyprus banking system to reduce high levels of NPLs, house repossessions are still at a low ebb according to Central Bank data..

Affordable housing on political agenda

Sky-high rents have put affordable housing on political agenda with the government drafting a new housing policy in efforts to persuade the construction sector to build cheaper apartments.

What next for Limassol development?

With Limassol's seafront peppered with luxury towers and new developments, there is almost no room for new projects, so investors are heading outwards while eyeing the area between the new marina and the old port.

High rents and homelessness

A rise in already high rents and an increase in the number of homeless people has led parliament to urgently call on the government to intervene and provide solutions to problems caused by high rents, especially in Limassol.

High rise developments in jeopardy

Property developers consider that the construction of high rise developments is at risk as a new law requires comprehensive environmental studies to be submitted, which will lead to long delays.

Cyprus real estate sector looking up

Cyprus' real estate sector is continuing to thrive, building on the upward trend of previous years, with experts confident that sales transactions for 2018 will peak at an eight-year high.

Larnaca marina investors given more time

Larnaca marina and port development plans have been put on hold for another three weeks as the strategic investor has asked for an extension to submit their final financial offer for the €400 million project.

Hotel projects grow as Airbnb is to be regulated

New hotels are sustaining a construction industry boom as hoteliers also go ahead with renovations and expansions, despite challenges posed by private self-service accommodation units.

Mushrooming Limassol towers ‘unsustainable’

Locals and experts believe that another tall building in an area of Limassol that has seen its fair share of 'towers', will only add to the many unsustainable urban constructions blighting the town.

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Commission approves Cyprus’ airlines incentive scheme

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Cyprus property sales recovering

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Cyprus tightens grip on ‘golden passport’ scheme

Cyprus has not processed any passport applications of a foreign investor since January, pending the approval of tougher criteria regulating the Citizenship for Investment Scheme.

Guide to residency in Cyprus

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