Get a good Cyprus property contract with the right Cyprus lawyer

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After months of searching for the perfect plot, all you need to do is sign your Cyprus property contract. Quick and easy, right?


Get a good Cyprus lawyer

  • You need a good solicitor, preferably one who specialises in property law in Cyprus and who can draw up your contract for you.
  • Take your time to read your contract thoroughly and don't be afraid to ask your solicitor to make amendments if necessary.
  • Ensure that both the architect's plans and the build specifications are attached to the contract.

NB: Some developers will have a standard contract that your solicitor will amend to suit your particular circumstances. Others prefer to let your lawyer draw up the contract for you. Either way, make sure your building contract has the following:

Must-Haves for Cyprus property buyers

  • Staged payments. There are usually at least 6 payments from deposit through to final completion. A payment is made after each stage is completed to your satisfaction.
    WARNING: Believe it or not, some developers will ask you to make a large payment up front or, worse still, even the entire amount in advance.

    If this happens to you and your solicitor does not question it, WALK AWAY!

  • A detailed house specification to include prices per metre/fixture for all internal finishings eg. £8/metre for tiles.

    Tip 1: Many small developers will give you a very basic "spec" that may not have any prices for internal fittings. This will lead to a long "extras" list as you invariably choose tiles/door handles etc that are more expensive.

    Tip 2: Ensure you include detail about external finishings in your house "spec".
    Landscaping, for example, can amount to simply clearing rubbish from the site if you don't specify otherwise!

  • A clause to say that all extras must be agreed with you, the purchaser, beforehand.
  • A penalty clause for late completion.

Final Note: Your developer may ask for part payment in cash in return for a reduction in the purchase price. A good solicitor will advise you accordingly and many actually condone the practice.

Our advice is to only agree to a small cash payment, if any, and to ensure that a side contract is drawn up alongside your main Cyprus property contract as proof of the payment agreed.

Contact us if you would like us to introduce you to a good Cyprus lawyer.

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