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December 2018 building permits

Building permits for the construction of 504 new homes in Cyprus were authorised during December 2018; an increase of 55.1 per cent compared with December 2017 according to official figures.

Money to help Land Registry clear backlog

€3.6 million has been requested by the Interior Ministry to help clear the backlog of cases at the Land Registries involving Title Deeds, boundary disputes, etc. and to pay associated expenses.

Alarm bells over house prices

The Central Bank of Cyprus has sounded alarm bells over rising house prices, particularly in Limassol, due to the Invest Citizenship scheme and has highlighted the need for vigilance.

Sharp rise in property sales in February

February saw a sharp rise in property sales compared to the numbers sold in the corresponding month last year according to official figures published by the Department of Lands and Surveys.

Swimming pool laws set to hit tourism revenues

Barring a miracle, swimming pools in privately owned complexes, such as the Royal Seacrest in Kato Paphos, will remain closed this year affecting tourist revenues and local businesses.

Limassol Aura high rise development

The construction of the 197 metre Aura high rise development in Limassol to be built on the present site of the Debenhams Olympia shopping centre on Limassol’s coastal road should be completed by the end of 2022.

Cyprus’ vulnerabilities remain significant

The European Commission notes that despite the recent improvement, Cyprus’ vulnerabilities, which are mostly due to long-lasting stock-imbalances, continue to be significant.

Compensation for Pissouri homeowners

The Government has finally agreed to pay compensation to residents in Pissouri whose homes have been damaged by the landslide and to undertake a study to see if the area can be stabilised.

Fewer new homes in November

Building permits for the construction of 580 new homes in Cyprus were authorised during November 2018; a fall of 11.9 per cent compared with the corresponding month in 2017 according to official figures.

Changes to Citizenship scheme approved

Changes to Cyprus’ controversial citizenship-by-investment scheme, which has granted 1,864 citizenships and generated €6.6 billion of foreign investment, have been approved by the Cabinet.

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