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Title deeds amnesty in Cyprus nears Deadline

The deadline is 7th October 2011 If you are one of the many still waiting for your ‘final certificate of approval’ for your title deeds, then a recent change in the law in Cyprus Property may help you. 

Many property investors in Cyprus have become frustrated over the years, due to the absence of their title deeds. Despite ever increasing publicity on the subject, it has been down to individual homeowners to fight through the red tape in order to achieve what rightfully should be theirs, in a process that has often taken years. This has led to a stagnation of the property market, with owners being unable to sell their property on. 
Although there are estimated to be around 100,000 buildings with minor planning irregularities, only some 1,800 amnesty applications have been made to date. 
The intention of the amended legislation is to enable owners to legalise minor building regulations, which will secure the required certificate of approval and update the title deeds of the property. Furthermore the new planning law means that property-owners can also lodge an application to force the developer, if applicable, to take steps to obtain all necessary certificates for the development, leading to the issue of title deeds. 
Although there are estimated to be around 100,000 buildings with minor planning irregularities, only some 1,800 amnesty applications have been made to date. 
In these cases, they can apply to their District Office for certified copies of their Planning/Building permits and approved drawings. They will need the number of the Planning/Building permit, a copy of their contract and proof of their identity (an ID card or passport). 
The certified copies will cost €27 but they will get the actual documents relating to their property. It should then be easy for most people to see if their property was built in accordance with the permit. In Paphos, the District Office has promised to issue the documents on the same day. 
Those who are unable to obtain the number of their Planning/Building permit should speak with the planning officer responsible for their area who should be able to advise and provide them with a certified copy of the documents. 
However, a ‘form of intent’ to go through the planning amnesty process has to be submitted to the authorities by 7th October 2011 
The planning amnesty in respect of ownership of ‘title deeds’ was long overdue for Cyprus. But, as a further boost to the island’s residential property market, the Cyprus Finance Minister, Kikis Kazamias, has also announced that VAT payable on new homes by first time buyers will be reduced from 15% to 5%, applicable on properties measuring up to 275 square metres, with additional square meter allowances for covered parking, engine/boiler rooms, storerooms and covered verandas.
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