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Court annuls Alpha Bank Cyprus fine

The Administrative Court has annulled a fine of €250,000 imposed on Alpha Bank Cyprus by the Cyprus Consumer Protection Service (CCPS) in October 2016 for unfair terms in its loan contracts.

Radical justice reforms on the way

The government is determined to introduce radical reforms to the justice system to do away with lengthy delays and restore confidence among quality investors turned-off by the legal labyrinth.

Bank foreclosure: outline of the legal framework

The procedure by which banks in Cyprus foreclose on property is often confusing and the law misinterpreted; Christiana Achilleos, a Senior Litigation Lawyer, provides an outline of the legal framework.

Eviction of non-paying tenants to be made easier

The eviction of tenants who deliberately fail to pay their rents or who fall into arrears should be made easier next month when amendments to the Rent Control Law are passed by parliament.

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.

EDEK wants to freeze all repossessions

Political party ‘Movement of Social Democracy’ (EDEK) is planning to table proposals to freeze all repossessions by the banks as an extra safeguard for vulnerable homeowners who won’t be covered ‘Estia’.

Trapped buyers law changes discussed

A bill aimed at improving the 2015 trapped buyers law, which was successfully contested by the banks as being unconstitutional in the lower courts is being discussed by the House Legal Affairs Committee.

Discussions completed on Airbnb bill

MPs have completed their discussions on the bill aimed at regulating Airbnb-style short-term property lettings and hope it will go before the plenum of the house before the summer recess.

Cyprus in court over waste water management

The European Commission has taken Cyprus to the European Court of Justice for its failure to properly treat urban waste water from agglomerations with a population of more than 2,000 inhabitants.

Alpha Bank loses Swiss Franc loan court action

Alpha Bank Cyprus has lost a court action it took against a British national who failed to comply with the obligations of his Swiss Franc loan agreement with the judge at the Larnaca District court awarding costs to the defendant.

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