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Reports written by Elias Hazou

Limassol land registry operating like a free-for-all

The situation in the Limassol Land Registry is chaotic with complaints of dodgy practices, bogus claims for travel expenses and overtime pay, co-workers covering for each other, etc.

Citizenship linked to president’s family ties

Cypriot citizenship has been granted to a Russian billionaire; a former shareholder in a Russian bank whose premises in Limassol were built by a company co-owned by the president’s son-in-law.

Airbnb-style rental law faces major issue

A bill designed to regulate Airbnb-style short-term property rentals is almost ready to be put to the vote, but one issue has to be resolved; the ease with which owners would be able to rent out apartments.

A new property bubble in the making?

Nobel Laureate in Economics Christopher Pissarides believes there’s another bubble being created in the Cyprus property sector although George Mouskides refers to the rise in transactions as a “healthy increase”.

Almost 2,500 ‘golden visa’ applications

A list contained in a letter that was leaked to the media reveals that between May 2013 and August 2018 2,390 ‘golden visa’ applications were filed on behalf of foreign nationals seeking Cypriot naturalisation.

Agreement close on Airbnb type rentals

Agreement on a bill designed to regulate and tax rental income on Airbnb type rentals is close but a key question remains concerning short-term letss of apartments in residential areas.

Lower VAT on land bought for primary residence

Purchasers of undeveloped land to build an owner-occupied primary dwelling may soon be able to obtain a partial VAT refund if a bill currently being prepared by government is approved.

More time needed on Airbnb bill

The approval of a proposed bill designed to regulate and tax rental income on an estimated 40,000 Airbnb type rentals has been delayed as MPs said they needed more time iron out some issues.

Bill to tax Airbnb rents to go to plenum

A bill designed to regulate and tax the rental income on an estimated 40,000 short term Airbnb style properties in Cyprus should be presented at a plenary session of the Cyprus parliament within the next two weeks.

Larnaca marina development plans stalled

The competition process to develop Larnaca marina and port have been delayed yet again – this time by extensions to the tender document placing a ceiling on the annual tonnage that can be handled by the port.

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