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Trapped buyers bill changes approved

The revised ‘trapped buyers’ bill designed to overcome the problems of the current law has been approved unanimously by MPs, but legal services have doubts that constitutional difficulties could not be resolved.

MPs freeze foreclosures despite warnings (update)

Despite MPs being warned that changing the foreclosures legislation would have negative repercussions on the banks and the economy, MPs have voted to change and suspend the legislation.

Affordable housing scheme starts next month

The government’s affordable housing scheme for low-income families will kick in next month with Cypriot citizens and other EU nationals residing in Cyprus for the past five years being eligible to apply.

Estia scheme for vulnerable homeowners approved

The cabinet has approved the debt relief scheme (Estia) designed to support and protect vulnerable homeowners; eligible borrowers will apply in September – first payments expected in December.

Possible foreclosures law changes worry banks

Banks have expressed concerns over possible changes to the foreclosures law as they fear appeals could be stuck in the island’s slow courts for many years negatively impacting their business.

Solution for trapped buyers edging closer?

Amendments to the law designed to resolve the Title Deed mess by enabling trapped buyers who were duped into buying homes on land their developer had earlier mortgaged to the bank to obtain their Title Deeds are edging closer to a vote my MPs.

Passport-for-sale schemes pose crime risks (Update)

The EU says that passport-for-sale schemes by Malta, Cyprus, and Bulgaria pose risks of infiltration of non-EU organised crime groups in the economy, money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.

Trapped buyers get Christmas present promise

The problems faced by the 70,000 ‘trapped buyers’ who were duped into buying property built on land earlier mortgaged by developers should be resolved by Christmas says Christiana Erotokritou MP.

Sea caves development a ‘litany of irregularities’

A special audit report into the procedures that resulted in the desecration of the sea caves area of Pegeia in Paphos on the west coast of Cyprus has uncovered a litany of irregularities.

Doubts over new moves on Title Deeds

Questions remain over how the gentlemen’s agreement enabling ‘trapped buyers’ to get the Title Deeds to properties they purchased and paid for in good faith will work in practice; the Association of Cyprus Banks has yet to respond.

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