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Who really owns your home?

WITH the Cyprus property market finally slowing down and more disreputable developers entering the fray, an increasing number of property buyers could be at risk of losing their homes. Last month, the Inland Revenue Department released figures showing that Capital Gains Tax revenue on property sales dropped 17 per cent in the first four months […]

Frustration at Title Deed wait

A MAN waiting 13 years for his title deeds has claimed the developer is “fobbing him off” by promising an end in sight to the saga. Civil engineer Graham John Cooper-Selley told the Mail that despite assurances from the Ayios Pavlos Church to finish all the work required to complete the Kitrikes Village development in […]

Backlash from Cyprus property developers

THE GOVERNMENT is facing a backlash from Cyprus property developers and estate agents over plans to introduce a 15% VAT charge on land purchases from July 1, with many saying the regulations are not clear. One estate agent said local buyers may now be priced

Battling the Church for Title Deeds for 13 years

RESIDENTS of a Paphos development who have been waiting for Title Deeds to their properties for 13 years are still stuck in limbo with no end in sight to their saga. According to the owner of one of the properties of the Kitrikes Village Development in Armou, the Interior Ministry took the residents to court […]

The Church says it will finish our homes but the big question is when?

RESIDENTS of a Paphos development who have been waiting for their title deeds for over ten years have cast doubt over Church claims that they will be ready by the end of the year. The Interior Ministry has instigated proceedings against the Ayios Pavlos Church, accusing the institution of failing to obtain a completion certificate […]

Police Investigating Fraud Claims over Paphos Development

POLICE are investigating a series of complaints against a developer accused of taking close to three million pounds from around 70 people for properties in the Paphos district which have not been built, two years after deposits were paid. Briton David Goodman told the Sunday Mail he had paid a £40,000 deposit for a townhouse […]

Battling The Builders: Who’s to Blame for Shoddy Work?

TALK to anyone who’s built a house, and the chances are they’ll come up with a horror story. In recent weeks, the Sunday Mail has received several complaints from home buyers on the brink of a nervous breakdown after bad experiences with builders. And it appears that there is nothing that can be done to […]

Why Paphos?

THE Paphos area has been struck by torrential rain three times in the past two weeks, causing major problems including the flooding of properties, flash floods, mudslides, traffic chaos and power cuts. One local estate agent said the main problem was caused by developers building on unsuitable sites. “They buy cheap land on ravines, with […]

Energy Certificates For Your Home

IMPLEMENTATION of the European Directive on the energy performance of buildings laying down minimum performance on new and existing buildings will begin within the next six months. On Thursday, Parliament passed the Directive into law after the European Commission sent final warnings to Cyprus, along with Greece, Hungary, Malta and Sweden in June for failure […]

Developer Held as British Families Complain of Fraud

PAPHOS police yesterday arrested and remanded in custody a developer on suspicion of obtaining money from four British families with intent to defraud. Costas Papaioannou, owner of Costas Papaioannou Developers Ltd, was remanded in custody for five days by a Paphos Court after a complaint was filed by lawyer Chrysa Christofi, who is representing the […]

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