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by Nigel Howarth
13 Nov 2007 14:47
Forum: General Property Questions
Topic: Planning Permission
Replies: 4
Views: 6562

Hi John, 'Under the table' payments are very common here. One thing you need to be aware of is that when you go to the Land Registry to get your Title Deeds, they will assess your Property Transfer Fees based on the market value of your property. This may not be the same as the amount entered on you...
by Nigel Howarth
13 Nov 2007 13:22
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member - Mike
Replies: 5
Views: 6932

Hello MC and welcome,

I've just read and commented on your other posting. Have you thought about changing your lawyer to someone who would be more proactive in pursuing your case?

Regards,
by Nigel Howarth
13 Nov 2007 13:19
Forum: Property Ownership
Topic: Trying to secure title deeds
Replies: 4
Views: 9209

How can a lawyer help?

Hi MC and welcome. I'm sorry to hear of your situation. I know it's of little comfort, but believe me you're not alone. I'm a member of the Cyprus Property Action Group and in the four months we've been running the website, more than 2,000 people have contacted us, expatriate & Cypriot. We're curren...
by Nigel Howarth
13 Nov 2007 12:41
Forum: General Property Questions
Topic: Planning Permission
Replies: 4
Views: 6562

Hello John & Welcome, If the present owner has extended the footprint of the building, then he should have got planning permission. You could apply for planning permission once you've bought it, but this raises the question as to whether the authorities will grant permission. For example, if it's to...
by Nigel Howarth
12 Nov 2007 21:14
Forum: General Property Questions
Topic: Good luck...
Replies: 7
Views: 8873

Thanks Paul,

Best regards,
by Nigel Howarth
12 Nov 2007 11:58
Forum: Buying Resale Property
Topic: independent legal advice
Replies: 6
Views: 11703

Re: independent legal advice

... taking "independent legal advice" How would you recommended finding this? I would certainly advise people to use a lawyer in a different area to where they're thinking of buying. There's an independent specialist property law firm in Limassol run by a British lawyer, Louise Zambartas (see: http...
by Nigel Howarth
11 Nov 2007 10:34
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: wanting to buy a property in cyprus
Replies: 1
Views: 4143

Hello cliffyamo and welcome. Paphos is the most popular place with British buyers. The Polis area is growing in popularity, now that an extension to the highway is planned to link it to the rest of the island. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to take independent legal advice . An...
by Nigel Howarth
07 Nov 2007 14:30
Forum: Buying Land
Topic: Is there offer an express option for title transfers?
Replies: 6
Views: 11681

oneness wrote:Do you mind if I post some posts on this topic to the Cyprus Forum? Perhaps they can add something....
No problem - you ca even post a link to this forum if you wish :wink:

Cheers,
by Nigel Howarth
05 Nov 2007 11:17
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member - Kate
Replies: 1
Views: 4191

Hi Kate, Welcome to the forum - and a belated welcome to Cyprus - and thank you for your best wishes. When we first visited Cyprus back in the early 80s, Paphos was a sleepy little village with an attractive fishing harbour. We almost bought some land there, but thought it was too quiet and too far ...
by Nigel Howarth
05 Nov 2007 11:08
Forum: Communal Property Management
Topic: Is your communal maintenance charge unfair?
Replies: 7
Views: 10899

oneness wrote:Maybe EU law could have some say on this issue???
I don't believe there are any EU directives on this subject (or if there are, I haven't been able to find them).

Regards,
by Nigel Howarth
05 Nov 2007 11:02
Forum: Buying Land
Topic: Is there offer an express option for title transfers?
Replies: 6
Views: 11681

Still, some questions are left wide open : -1- "the measure would only refer to land purchases made by developers" - by "the measure" is the article refering to the tax's imposition or the request to postphone it ... I would guess its the latter but its not clear -2- no indication is provided in th...
by Nigel Howarth
05 Nov 2007 10:33
Forum: General Property Questions
Topic: Green Area
Replies: 9
Views: 11519

Good morning Kate & welcome to the forum. No need to apologise for asking a question, that's what the forum's for. You'll need to find out the terms & conditions of the developer's Planning & Building Permits. It may be that these state the developer's responsible - he'll certainly be responsible fo...
by Nigel Howarth
04 Nov 2007 11:46
Forum: Communal Property Management
Topic: Is your communal maintenance charge unfair?
Replies: 7
Views: 10899

each owner pays according to what percentage of the property they own. And that includes covered/uncovered balconies/verandahs. Yes, that's the way I've seen it work as well. IMO, the law would be fairer if it reduced the weight given to uncovered areas. So you would calculate the size of a propert...
by Nigel Howarth
03 Nov 2007 12:21
Forum: Communal Property Management
Topic: Is your communal maintenance charge unfair?
Replies: 7
Views: 10899

Hi oneness, I have a copy of the law on this subject on my main website. You can find it at: http://www.cyprus-property-buyers.com/resources/downloads.htm It's in the 'Download Cyprus legal information section' and it's entitled 'Jointly Owned Buildings Law of 1993'. I suggest you download a copy an...
by Nigel Howarth
03 Nov 2007 12:14
Forum: Buying Land
Topic: Is there offer an express option for title transfers?
Replies: 6
Views: 11681

Re: Is there offer an express option for title transfers?

I know some countries, for an extra charge, will process a property transaction in a few days instead of the normal timescale. I understand that in Cyprus the normal timescale between registering a sale contract and receiving title deeds is 4 weeks(?) But does the Land Office offer the option of co...