Cyprus Council of Ministers
By Andrew Sharpe
The permission (permit) from the Cyprus Council of Ministers is required for the transfer of the real estate property, new home, or investment property to a non-Cypriot's (foreigner's) name, except EU citizens permanently living in Cyprus, who do not need the council of ministers approval. This process is a formality and granted in all cases unless you have a dire criminal record or are on the FBI's most wanted list. Your lawyer in Cyprus will arrange these matters for you together with the other documentation required when purchasing property.
An application to the Cyprus Council of Ministers should be accompanied by:
Personal details of applicant
Financial standing of applicant
Particulars of the property
Particulars of present owner
Terms of payment
Type of acquisition (i.e. freehold, leasehold, shares in property company name, etc.)
Copies of the government survey plans. The completed application form is submitted to the District Officer in the district where the property is situated. The District Officer, together with other relevant government departments, will make further enquiries and prepare a report that is submitted to the Council of Ministers through the Minister of the Interior.
The permit is subject to the following conditions and restrictions:
The transfer to be effected within a year from the date of the permit, or within three years in the case of construction of a building on the property
The costs to be paid in foreign currency
All taxes to be paid
The permit is issued for the specific property and use only
Process period to receive the Cyprus Council of Ministers Approval - Permit
The whole application procedure to the Council of Ministers can take from 10 months up to one year. However, during that time there is no restriction on taking possession of the property and, as the legal owner, you would be entitled to resell or rent the property.
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