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Jan 25, 2008
By law, a non-Cypriot in Cyprus is entitled to a residence permit but is not required to hold a permanent residence permit the latter being easy to obtain once certain requirements are fulfilled. You need to submit an application and provide proof that you and your family are self supporting. The following documents must accompany your application: A copy of the sale/rental agreement Copies of pension/retirement income Any other document(s) relevant to income Three photos and passport(s) The application for permanent residence may be submitted to the local immigration office in the area of residence.

When the building permit is issued works may begin. Try to avoid variations/changes as these will give rise to claims on the part of the contractor which will mean a financial loss to you. Upon completion of the work your architect must submit drawings (as built) to the Appropriate Authority, if changes have been introduced, for the issue of a covering building permit.

It is usual for developers to give credit terms of payment when selling these flats. Terms vary from developer to developer but commonly these are as follows: on signing the sale agreement - 1/3 of the total value; during construction - 1/3 of the total value; the balance over a period of 2 to 3 years. In most cases interest is charged at the rate of 9 per cent per annum as from the date the purchaser takes delivery of the apartment. (i.e. completion)

As an indication, one should have in mind that the average construction cost for a house is between C160 to C200 per square metre and the purchase cost of building sites offered for this purpose could range from C1 to C2 per square foot in resort areas, whereas in the towns this can reach C5 per sq. f t.Credit terms on villa/building site/land/cottage acquisitions are normally made and the generally acceptable payment terms are 50% on signing and the rest over a period of 1-2 years (at 9% interest on the reducing balance).

Check whether the property you intend to buy is affected by any town planning zones. If you intend to build a house in a certain area, you may find that the building density is so low that you will not be able to erect a satisfactory unit. In addition, the zones may exclude the use you have in mind in that locality.There have been cases where a person acquired his dream holiday spot only to find out afterwards that it was sited within an animal farming zone of the parish in question (which implied that his neighbour could very well be a pigstry).
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