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Sunday, May 31, 2020

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Developer fined for misleading home buyers

Pafilia Cyprus Property Developers has been fined €100,000 for mis-leading home buyers in a case that focused on the commercial practices that the company used in 2007 when selling apartments to them.

Revised citizenship scheme approved

The Cyprus government has approved a revised citizenship-by-investment scheme designed to further encourage investments in the island's economy by non-Cypriot businessmen and investors.

Swiss Franc loans: 80 per cent non-performing

Although Swiss Franc loans declined €274 million in the first half of the year, 80 per cent of the remaining €1,778 million are non-performing according to the head of the Cyprus Central Bank's Supervision Division.

Chinese property scam arrest

Paphos police have arrested a man on suspicion of scamming Chinese property buyers following a complaint by a Chinese woman who handed over €260,000 to men posing as intermediaries for well-known property developers.

Luxury homes go under the hammer

More than a hundred properties, including a number of luxury homes, will soon be auctioned off together with a hotel and other properties worth a total of €24.6 million according to the Phileleftheros.

Aristo settles Bank of Cyprus debt

Aristo Developers has reached an agreement with the Bank of Cyprus to repay its debts, leaving the company with approximately €443 million of assets and around €110 million of outstanding loans.

Over 306,000 to pay Immovable Property Tax

If the Cyprus parliament passes the proposed changes to Immovable Property Tax the government expects to collect €44.4 million from more than 306,000 taxpayers, while some 65,000 taxpayers will be exempt.

Keep calm and carry on, expats urged

British expats in Cyprus have been advised to keep calm and carry on following Thursday's BREXIT vote that has left many of them fearful of what the future may hold once Britain leaves the EU.

Property tax reform discussions underway

Discussions on major reforms of the Cyprus property tax system designed to improve the fairness of the tax burden and to increase the efficiency of tax administration have started in Parliament.

Marina for Kiti

A marina on the southern coast of Cyprus between the villages of Kiti and Mazotos is under study and has the potential to bring large numbers of visitors from other parts of the island, as well as tourists.

Confusion over Cyprus property values

While the European Commission contends that Cyprus properties are overvalued by 5 per cent, the European Central Bank considers they are undervalued by between 4 per cent and 16 per cent.

First five debt relief orders

The Insolvency Service announced on Friday the issuance of the first five debt relief orders, for debts up to €25,000 following a number of applications it made to the Limassol District Court.

Bids submitted for Ayia Napa marina

More than 25 years after initial studies into five marina projects were undertaken, bids for the construction of the Ayia Napa marina have been submitted to the company in charge of the project M. M. Makronisos Marina Ltd.

Title Deed applications exceed 8,000

More than 8,000 trapped buyers of property in Cyprus have applied for their Title Deeds under the provisions of the ‘hidden mortgage’/'trapped buyers' law that was introduced last September according to the Cypriot Interior Ministry.

Bill to curb bank usury

A vote on a bill to abolish unfair bank charges, such as a fee to monitor loan transaction history, insurance, added interest rates and other hidden charges, will take place at a plenary session of the Cypriot parliament next week.

Action against crocodile park threatened

Residents living in Psematismenos and other areas close to the proposed crocodile park planned to close roads and take other measures to prevent the construction of the park at a meeting last Tuesday.

Aristo acquittal appealed

An appeal against the court decision to clear Theodoros Aristodemou, the founder of Aristo Developers and former chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, has been filed at the Supreme Court by the state.

Property transfer fee reduction

A 50 per cent reduction in the Property Transfer Fees is being considered by government to help clear the Title Deed backlog as part of the changes designed to rationalise property taxation.

Police call for Aristodimou’s arrest

Police have called for the arrest of Theodoros Aristodimou, founder and managing director of Aristo Developers and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus, and his wife.

Mortgage-to-rent scheme will be selective

Strict criteria will be applied to a mortgage-to-rent scheme currently being investigated as a means to enable those unable to maintain their mortgage repayments to remain in their homes rather than face its repossession.

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