Q.: I have read with interest and with some worry
that my neighbour can build another floor. Surely
the 20% building density increase cannot apply for
an added floor.
A.: It applies only if the local planning zone
allows the added floor i.e. it is permitted 2 floors
and the neighbour built only one.
Q.: I intend to send a letter to the local Planning
Authority objecting for any allowance to be given to
my neighbours, which will cause my reduction in
Nic & Tereza
A.: No harm done to do it dear readers. Send a copy
of your title/sales contract and the site plan
showing where your property is. If successful,
please let me know so that we can inform other
readers as well (I doubt the outcome mind you).
Q.: I have heard about a certain local bush locally
known in Cyprus as “aorati” which are low lying
having approximately 1 meter height, green in all
season and required little water. We are thinking of
using them in our garden to keep it green on the one
hand, yet not blocking our views and having no
borehole water it helps.
A.: You are correct in your description. These sort
of forest bushes are found mainly in the Famagusta
region. I have checked with our own gardener who
agrees with your information. These sort of bushes
can be bought from nurseries. I will be planting 6
plants in a small patch we have in the garden. My
main worry is if snakes etc habitate underneath
since it is difficult to see what is happening
Q.: We have two homes Mr Loizou. One near the
seaside and another in Nicosia. We planted Cypress
trees in both and at the same time. The seaside ones
are now 8 mts. height and with a 2 meters in
diameter (with the branches) and the Nicosia one has
reached around 4 mts. and within 1 meter radius. The
A.: Regrettably this is how it goes. The seaside
areas with the milder weather and the humidity seem
to help the trees grow. You must examine also the
soil quality of your Nicosia house if it is rocky
etc (if it is you will not see your trees grow I am
afraid). Rocky and shallow soil grounds are
difficult to accept trees ordinary and it is good
that you have opted a forest tree. Of course, the
best tree for the purpose is eucalyptus tree, but
this causes all sorts of other problems (avoid it).
Q.: We are considering of planting palm trees, yet
we note that the palms have got some sort of a
sickness causing them to die even after 30-40 years.
Shall we venture in this?
A.: Yes you are right. Opt for the wide leaf palm
trees which do not have this sort of a problem. They
are faster growing but do not produce fruit. There
are also other types of palm trees, but it takes
years to grow. If you opt for the wider leaf palm
trees keep them away from the swimming pool because
Q.: Pork chop of a king size?
We have visited the Limassol coastal road in an
ordinary pub/restaurant and while having our wine
our neighbors were eating huge pork chops which I
could not imagine (I took photos).
A.:What can I say dear reader. You ask me in the Q+A
column all sorts of unrelated to real estate
matters, but I am learning myself through your own
experience. My own butcher told me that there are no
different sizes, but in certain occasions there is a
tail to it which makes the chop look bigger. Some
restaurants including this “tail” part and others do
Q.: I have read a report that in Pafos there are
approximately 1.500 permanent residents of Chinese
origin, but they have the complain that they are not
allowed to work. Is this justifiable you think Mr
A.: Holders of a permanent residency visas are not
allowed to work (as opposed to those of Cyprus
passports). I think that is correct when you compare
the populations of the two countries. Now, there are
as you say 1.500 and after a few years (who knows)
10.000? They are welcome of course but we must
consider the local unemployed people, as well as the
younger generation. If Chinese and others amount,
say in10 years’ time 30.000 able workers (in Pafos),
what will happen to the Pafos locals? Having said
that I could entertain applicants of this nature if
they want to do business here, which we do not have,
including new innovative ideas/business of their own
which could help Cyprus.
Q.: There you were Mr Loizou at the Limassol old
fishing port eating lobsters with a male friend of
yours. I recognized your face from the Cyprus Weekly
photo – I must say you look better in real life! I
wanted to come and say hello, but I was embarrassed.
Would you have been offended if I had the courage to
introduce myself to you (you help me in several
A.: Many thanks for your comments Natalia and I say
you made a mistake for not introducing yourself. I
think I am an approachable person. Just as well you
said “with a company of a male” since in this
country (my wife in particular) would have been
asking me all sorts of questions!!!
Regarding the lobster dish I was invited by my ex
neighbor, a Lebanese, whom I entertained in our
Nicosia home (used to live next door) and still
remembers my sougla dish. He thought that with his
invitation would pay off his debt (12 years ago mind
you). Lobsters are lovely dish, but it is not for
“thin” wallets. So to end this story, my partner in
lunch came back to Cyprus living next to St. Raphael
Marina with a house and boat and living there since
he is retired. Nice to have friends of the past
Natalia don’t you think?
Q.: If one studies the website of the various
developers, he can realize that most (per claim) of
the expensive apartments have been sold, whereas the
recently unveiled Limassol Marina extension reported
within 10 days of launch that it sold a number of
apartments amounting to €30 mil.
What on earth is happening in this country Mr Loizou?
A.: Difficult to say. It could be that we have
undervalued our country which, despite its problems
of all sorts, seems that it is “liked” by foreign
Sales prices for the multi storey apartment
buildings on the beach area are now in the region of
±€15.000/sq.m. (i.e. 2bed units = €1.500.000) plus
high common expenses and running cost to go. But
then I will tell you a storey dear George. Two years
ago a Russian lady commissioned as to carry out a
valuation at the Larnaca beach front house. The
property in our opinion was not worth more than €2.0
mil. and the asking price was €3.2 mil. She called
me personally to discuss the difference. At the end,
she told me “look I want this house. Last year I
earned €3.0 mil. do you think that a difference of
€1.2 mil. will make a difference for me”?
What could I say?
Q.: I had a problem with my business (somebody of my
employees “embezzled” money) and I have reported the
case to the local police station. I gave a report on
several occasions and whereas I expected the police
to take some sort of action nothing happened after 5
months of waiting. What can I do Mr Loizou?
A.: As we read in the press, the local/regional
police stations are not up to standards (not all
mind you). Send a letter describing the facts to the
Attorney General who, I am sure (based on
experience) he will take action by addressing your
complain to the Chief of Police.
Q.: Every year I get a bill from the Municipality
claiming that I have to pay €70 for cleaning my
vacant plot from weeds etc. This year I cleaned the
plot myself and I have taken photos of the plot.
After 3 months the same bill came and I responded
with the photos as I have had them 3 months ago and
the plot was at the time of the notice as it was
It is not a matter of much money, but I wonder if
the Municipality decided to just add another charge.
A.: Write a letter to the Municipality with your
photo evidence. I am sure it will cancel the charge
since, I believe, some employee of this Municipality
did not bother to inspect. For any problem come back
Q.: I bought an apartment in Limassol with large
glass panels. It is still under construction and I
was wondering how these panels would be cleaned. I
received the reply that the panels are “self
cleaning”. What do you understand Mr Loizou by this
A.: There is no such “self cleaning” panels dear
Nic. In countries that there is rain there are some
sort of very expensive panels that seem to repel
dust etc. Having said this with our country of
approximately 30 days a year rain and with dust,
there is not such a thing. Self cleaning in Cyprus
seems to correspond that “it will clean when it
rains”. Check if your apartment has the parameters
to have the mechanical cleaning, otherwise you might
have a problem.
Q.: Well, I note that we are going to have around
600.000 German tourists, the Russians are still
coming especially with the church at Tamassos with
Russian design, the British are also increasing as
much as the others (Austrians etc). Total number of
tourists expected approximately 3.5 mil. this year.
In a country with 800.000 people what will it happen
to the locals in a few years’ time?
A.: Lovely, I say dear Costas. Myconos has 1 mil.
tourists with 15.000 locals (permanent), Crete with
its 500.000 people with tourists around 2½ mil.,
Spain with 70 mil. people, has tourists of the same
number. Tourism is the fuel of the Cypriot economy
whereas there is an opportunity to establish more
destinations. I have no problem with this and in
fact, now that Cyprus Airways is dead and buried
things will get better in terms of tourist numbers.
What we might see is an increasing number of mix
marriages, multicultural ethics and more
understanding. Is this not what we are seeking
Q.: I have another question and hope I am not taking
too much of your time.
Who do I contact with the following problem:
I own and am living in a flat in Limassol. The whole
floor (2 flats) above me has been sold and the new
owner has been breaking walls from 7 am to 7/8 pm
every day joining 2 flats into one. He has brought
in heay building equipment (Gangas) which make so
much noise and the whole block shakes for days on
end. The workmen are banging, drilling, constructing
and reconstructing continuously. The problem is that
the owner has given it to his son, an architect, and
the son keeps changing his mind about the design and
knocks everything down and starts again.
He has also changed the outside of his flat without
permission from any of the other flat owners and it
looks different. Have talked to him nicely and he
doesn’t know when he will finish because he keeps
changing his mind about the construction of the flat
and he doesn’t care that he is disturbing all the
residents. The noise is driving all flat owners
crazy and especially me who lives just below with my
sick mother and if it continues I am sure my flat
will be damaged.
He doesn’t know and doesn’t care when he will
finish. Its like a hobby for him.
Is this within the law that he can do what he wants
without consulting the other flat residents, some of
whom are old and sick.
Thanks for your time.
A.: For any alterations which affect the external
appearance of the building he requires a permit from
authorities and for which the majority of the
residents must consent. Regarding the noise etc you
can take a legal action against him (in most
occasions an advocate’s letter brings results) and
raise the question of carrying out works without a
permit. This nuisance element and damage sought can
take all sorts of shape – loss of rent, loss of
value – psychological pressure etc etc. Report this
to the Municipality and the Administrative
Q.: Dear Mr Antonis Loizou
Can you please help with the following boundary
I occupy a villa which is on an estate with six
villas constructed in 2002.
Within weeks of moving in it became apparent that
the some of the villas were not in the right
location as shown on the sales contract. In fact
they are about three metres to the West.
The incorrect build became a problem when title
deeds were ready for issue as the last villa (mine)
was slightly into the Green Area. However, the Land
Registry decided it was not an issue and title deeds
were issued. The title deed however shows what we
should have got if the villas had been correctly
sited, rather than the land we actually occupy.
This has never proved a problem and for fifteen
years the residents have accepted we have “what we
have” rather than what is shown in the title deeds.
However, one of the villas has recently been sold
and this has now become a problem. As a result of
the villas being wrongly located the front boundary
wall is placed about three metres to the West, but
at the rear of the garden the boundary wall of four
metres long is positioned in its correct place where
it should have been. This is due to the fact the end
of the garden does not abut any other property.
The result is the two boundary walls do not meet. In
the middle there is an overlap and not a straight
line as shown in the title deeds between our two
villas. This is proving a problem for the new
The new owner now wants me to give up part of the
rear of the garden preferring to use the front wall
that was wrongly located and is fully into my
garden. Natural I want to keep the bottom part of my
garden. If the boundary wall is to be re-located it
should be placed back to its correct position as
shown in the title deeds and as submitted when
building application was made.
Can you please advise, as what was fifteen years of
peace has now broken up with these new neighbours
who want nothing less than three metres of my
garden, in addition to the three metres he has
already taken of my driveway at the front of the
Can you confirm is there a surveyor who could check
the location of my villa and boundary wall with
regard to the details held by land registry and
shown on my title deeds?
A.: I cannot express an opinion as such for your
I suggest that you appoint an advocate to examine
Regarding a surveyor I suggest Messrs ……………. to
examine the matter.
Q.: I noted on several occasions that you supported
Andreas Christou – ex Mayor of Limassol. He lost. So
what is your information on this failure Mr Loizou?
A.: He lost by ±6 votes dear Haris. Having said that
the new Mayor Mr Nicolaides is quite good as well
and so Limassol remains lucky in its choices.
Q.: I do not understand that we have a desalination
plant at Pafos, we will demolish it and build a new
one and in the meantime we need urgently drinking
water. Is there any logic?
A.: No, there is not my dear reader. But then we
have legislation and this together with a strict
Auditor General and an Attorney General to go this
is what happens.
Q.: We are not Christians Orthodox Mr Loizou and we
want to ask you if we can join the Easter
Lilla & Hencken H.
A.: Of course, you can and you will be most welcomed
(and not only for Easter mind you, any time). It
reminds me when I was living in Newcastle (U.K.) and
I wanted to go to the local church. I visited the
Anglican church next door and I asked the priest the
same question. Not only I was welcomed but invited
to his house for lunch after. The Christian spirit
prevails dear readers, this is what is all about
“love your neighbor”.
Q.: Have you seen the Ayia Napa Marina brochure?
What a gem for Cyprus and especially for the region.
A.: Yes I have and I agree with you. A gem indeed
dear Andrew. It is worth for the readers to have a
look of its website even if not interested to buy.
Sales prices are around ½ of those of Limassol,
better project (Ayia Napa) but then it is Limassol
which is ahead.
Q.: What is happening Mr Loizou? We now have a
Russian Radio, a Russian theme park and another
Russian church (built by donation of a Russian
businessman at western Nicosia). Are we being taken
A.: Not at all and on the contrary these investments
are most welcomed. The Russian (Nicosia) church
which I have visited is a work of art, the theme
park lovely for children’s parties and the radio,
why not? The more facilities we have the happier the
local/foreign residents and more tourists. Lovely I
Q.: Another driver from abroad drove the other day
in the wrong lane and got killed regrettably. Is
there some sort of information where drivers can be
reminded that we drive on the “correct” side of the
A.: I don’t think so, but even if we did, drivers by
custom drive on the lane that they are used to. It
happened to me while driving in Italy – I got so
scared after near 2 misses that I refuse to drive on
non “correct” lanes. The deaths for these reasons
are especially terrible and unfortunate.
Q.: We bought a property Mr Loizou on a hill
location and the developer told us it has fantastic
views - which it did at the time we inspected the
property and bought it. What he did not say was that
the land downhill could be developed. It did got
developed and now our fantastic view is no more.
Do you think we have a claim against the developer
since evidently we bought the property with a view
which is now (after 6 months of purchase) is no
A.:A difficult question to answer from a “distance”.
In my opinion and as an initial reaction, is that,
if the land downhill formed part of his own wider
project he ought to have told you. If not, I do not
think you have a case (unless he assured you
otherwise at the time). Very difficult to make a
claim stick even then I suspect.
Q.: We have a shop at Pafos which has a window where
we place our adds etc facing onto a communal area. A
coffee shop at the rear has now extended its tables
etc placing them next to our shop window, thus,
interrupting the free view and the circulation of
Our advocate told us that there is nothing we can do
since this area is commonly used and not ours to
permit him. We seek your advice Mr Loizou since we
find that it is not correct.
A.: First I suggest that you change your advocate.
Secondly and because, I agree with you, take out an
injunction order for him not to use the common area,
especially since it affects your business. This can
be done easily especially if you have the support of
the administrative committee. If he is still doing
do it he may end up in prison.
Q.: We note the various events (panigiria) that take
place in various villages for all sorts of
occasions, where everybody is invited to attend.
Excuse our ignorance but are these open invitations
for a fee of some sort?
Mike Gazpron (Russian)
A.: My dear Mike, no you do not pay anything and
especially villages are most eager to entertain
foreign people in particular. Having read your
surname and if you are related to the Gazpron group
any contribution (not required) will not be a
miss!!! All the best for our Easter.
Q.: We have a beach house at the Protaras ara south
of Nausicaa Hotel. We are worried however if the
seaside footpath extension might affect our
property. We have visited Paralimni Municipality who
informed us that there is no plan ready but the
footpath will be extended in stages.
Nicos & Lenia
A.: A most odd situation and I am afraid that there
is no some sort of a plan but the general route will
change on spot. So no one is to know. It is one of
those many occasions that we declare a planning
scheme in Cyprus without knowing how the private
owners will be affected.
Q.: We have a garage with a wooden roof. We have
visitors of all sorts of birds with their droppings
falling on our cars which contain acid damaging our
car paint. Based on your experience is there
something we can do?
Dimitris & Marinos
A.: Try to place spikes on the roof members which do
not cost much and you can find them in any D.I.Y.
If this does not succeed use a chemical (name given)
which you spray and it seems to work for a month or
so (you have to keep doing it) suitable for trees as
well. Try it and let me know.
Q.: I listened to a radio interview on the subject
of non available hotel staff. Two Union members were
attending who blamed the Hotel Association on the
low income that the hotel employees get (quoted €800
p.m.) with no representation from the Hotels
I ask you is this correct reporting on the crucial
subject of tourism?
A.: No it is not. The salary of €800 is just the
basic and the lowest of the low. Head waiters,
barmen, cooks/chef etc are on a minimum of
€1.200-€3.000 p.m. This work it is seasonal mind you
(for most hotels) and this is a problem.
Hotel staff “benefits” include in the benefit of
free food, more importantly they have a point system
depending on the hotel’s success which could
increase the income by another 15%-20%, plus tips,
etc. If seasonal employed they get unemployment
benefits notwithstanding that they (and do) work
The fact is there however since no local staff are
to be found. Certainly, foreign staff e.g. Greeks
(the best waiters in Cyprus mainly comprising of
seasonal university graduates/students) but since
Greece itself is also experiencing a tourist boom
they prefer to stay in their own country.
In addition there are several incentives given by
the Government for the unemployed which cover almost
70% of the initial period of unemployment. It seems
that hotel staff have no more the attraction they
had before, in addition to the job being looked down
and the exploitation by some hoteliers. A difficult
situation all round since the summer season is on
top of us and foreign workers is not a solution we
Q.: I attended the children’s futsal games at Ayia
Napa and notwithstanding the fact that I am not a
football fun I watched 3 games. Lovely to watch
young boys/girls competing in this most popular
What a lovely idea for other Municipalities to
follow. This small Municipality of Ayia Napa seems
to have one up on the others.
A.: You are quite right with all sorts of innovative
ideas to follow. This Municipality has introduced
the unique sculpture park, the Cypriot flora park,
the football games, the winter events, the new
planned seaside footpath etc etc. A wealthy
Municipality mind you in order to implement these,
but we take our hut off to the Municipality and its
innovative ideas. Limassol is still trying to come
up with similar activities but no success so far.
Q.: Hope you can help solve this query.
I have started probate on my late husband's estate.
I have been told I need to get a valuation on the
property. This will cost.
Why is the Land and deed registry valuation not
I am told that this valuation by a surveyor needs to
accompany my papers in the court and tax office and
it is not enough to go based on information from the
So does this mean that the Cyprus Lands people give
A.: The Lands Office valuation refers to the value
as at 1.1.2013 and refers to a taxation assessment
not necessarily related to the market value at the
“date of death” (the statutory valuation date).
I don’t think the valuation cost will be
considerable (depending on the properties involved).
Should you need my assistance I am here to help.
Q.: On the one hand we go out of our way to attract
foreign investors and based on your reports foreign
investors in addition to houses etc, require
properties with a return. The recent decision by
this Government not to allow rental increases up to
the end of 2017 is all wrong and contradictory. How
can this happen is it not an antiphasis?
A.: It is not as bad as you say dear George. This
decision refers to what is known as statutory
tenants, i.e. it refers to buildings completed prior
to end year 2000 and for certain areas only. So, new
buildings (after 2000) and for other areas, this
does not apply.
On principle however I tend to agree with you since
the statutory tenants’ law was introduced after the
1974 events which are now unrelated. This is
politics I am afraid dear George since we are
entering an election period and it seems that the
economic parameters come second to sound investment
Cyprus & Siberia
Q.: We in Cyprus tend to think that we are the
center of the world. It is good on the one hand to
be proud of our country, but on the other hand we
seem to lose our perspective on what Cyprus is all
about. We claim that we have the best beaches, the
best Mediterranean food, the most friendly people,
the best tax and residential schemes for foreigners,
no racism and very low crime rate etc etc.
This is all well dear Mr Loizou and ignoring of
course our numerous failings and the curse of small
politics, ignoring the political problem which we
seem to place it under the carpet. We seem to blow
our own horn so loud that we ignore that we are a
small neighborhood in other larger countries. If we
do not place our brains in our head and we live in
the clouds, we are going to lose our direction.
In our recent visit in Romania we took a taxi and
the driver, a most likeable chap, asked us where we
are from. We told him Cyprus – where is it (?) he
asked. We replied Cyprus – Ah, I understand you are
from Siberia? We said yes in order to end the
conversation. Alas he started speaking to us in
Russian. Gold help us since prior to a reply we
reached our destination.
This event impressed us so much that we wanted to
share our experience and feelings with you and your
Alex & Maria Mariou
A.: I wish I could be there within the taxi Alex. I
could not stop laughing since I read your letter. It
reminded me of the ex president of the republic Mr
S. Kyprianou, who during a visit at a posh club in
New York, he faced the doorman who asked him who he
was. He replied “the President of Cyprus”. He was
refused entrance since Cyprus in New York was a
funerals firm and for which the doorman thought that
he was not appropriate to enter.
Q.: I wonder Mr Loizou since we expect an “episode”
with the Turkish Government, will not this affect
the tourist industry and of course the investors
interest whom we have targeted?
A.: We seem to hide the problem under the carpet so
far. If an episode happens either in Greece on here
in Cyprus, it will be a disaster. A U.K. report
reported that tourists are like sparrows and they go
away with the slightest noise.
Q.: We want to invest in a banana plantation Mr
Loizou, of an extent of 200.000 sq.mts. How can we
achieve this since so far we have had no response
even from you.
A.: You have asked me 10 days ago and I am still
searching. As I am informed the Church has no
available land for the purpose and other private
owners do not have such large holdings. It is
difficult since banana plantations need water and a
mild climate near the sea. You do appreciate the
Q.: Have you seen the damaging report from Bloomberg
Mr Loizou? What a load of rubbish.
A.: Rubbish or not dear Helena the damage is done,
but I am surprised by the inactiveness of the
Government on the subject. The report targets yet
again the Russian citizens I am afraid, for whom we,
as Cyprus, have a soft spot.
Q.: Summer is coming Mr Loizou and we have followed
your advice to place a ceiling fan on our patio. We
are now worried that during winter what shall we do?
K/nos & Doris
A.: You have followed half of my advice dear
readers. If the patio is covered no particular
problem, but if it is not you must be able to
disconnect and remove the fan. If not possible place
a see-through cover plastic sheet on top of the
patio and cover the fun with a plastic bag (your
electrician should be able to advice you).
Q.: With the hot weather coming we have flies coming
in to our apartment. Is a flying screen an option?
A.: Yes, it is the best option in combination with
ceiling fans. Most aluminium frames can accommodate
fly screens and the cost is not much (budget
Q.: I noted what you say about barking dogs and the
recent court decision on the subject. What I am
concerned is about noisy neighbors. Are there any
court rulings on this subject, since our neighbors
are driving us crazy.
A.: Nuisance is a cause of taking legal action, but
I do appreciate the cost and the difficulty to
having to live next to the same neighbors later. I
watched in the international TV channels a
documentary for such cases in the U.K. The police
was most efficient, visited the noisy neighbors and
warned them – but then this is the U.K. (see a
reader’s letter about Cyprus policy inefficiency by
Q.: I noted that some toy shops have self driving
electric cars for children. Is this allowed in
Cyprus since children of young age can get hurt. The
parents cannot be everywhere and I should have
thought this sort of toys should not be allowed.
A.: It is up to the parents to buy or not such toys.
I tend to agree with you but if the shops have a
license to import these there is nothing much that
one can do. Irresponsible parents and grand parents
are abundant I am afraid who exchange their piece of
mind and love for the young ones with toys of such a
nature. In the U.S. children can shoot air guns but
they must be “under supervision|”. Can you believe
this? How can a parent supervise a child of 10 years
old shooting away from his bedroom window etc etc.
Q.: We visit restaurants, hotels etc for our dinner
regularly. We have opted not to visit those where
the w.cs. are either at the basement or at the
mezzanine level. With our age in mind, let alone
those with disabilities, children etc etc. is there
no law to place these at the ground floor level?
Philios Philippou (London Cypriot)
A.: I appreciate what you say and I share your
views. W.cs. are not income producing I am afraid
hence they are placed in the less “commercial”
locations (and less easily accessible areas).
I am shocked myself to note that most restaurants
abroad do not separate men and women w.cs. whereas
others are placed in such places that one cannot use
(my own experience). We are doing well by comparison
dear reader but, yes, we need to address yours/mine
Q.: We are these Irish Mr Loizou who seem to be
everywhere in terms of managing business etc. I have
noted that they are on top positions
internationally. Is this due to their (Irish)
A.: A small country of 4.0 mil. people with a long
history in all aspects, including literature,
agriculture and business. This is the result, I
think, of their persecution by the British
occupation so that the Irish had to explore other
avenues to live.
See “our own” Mr Hoorigan of the Bank of Cyprus who
is doing a very good job. See also the troubled
airline of the far east, which has employed an Irish
manager to sort it out. See Ryan airways in
I have visited on several occasions Ireland and I am
very impressed by the country and its people, a
nation for others to follow.
Q.: Any news on the V.A.T. (19%) on building plots
Mr Loizou? We are London Cypriots and we wish to
build a home by buying a building plot to build our
retirement home. Obviously, an added cost of 19% on
the sales price will affect our budget.
A.: Nobody knows dear readers how the proposal will
end up at this point of time. I understand it is not
easy to do without this added tax. There are all
sorts of complications and the House as well as the
more knowledgeable auditors are trying to find a way
to reduce the burden. No “white smoke” as yet and
everybody is asking everybody else what will happen
with those most worried, the Banks, who have a
problem of disposal of their own assets.
If I was you dear readers I would expedite the
decision because the tax it will happen in one way
Q.: We have a small patch of a garden and we have
planted it with grass using seeds, ready made etc.
No success. Maybe it is our quality of watering, the
climate etc. What shall we do?
A.: If it is just a patch as you say forget the
grass. Place a special soil we call here “pouri”
which hardens and has limited needs. Watering the
earth at intervals is one way to have a solid ground
and at a low cost. I sympathize with your problem
since on the one hand you see hotels etc with
beautiful grass and others without. This alternative
will cost you (100 sq.mts.) around €250 (with little
maintenance), whereas the grass with proper
installation will cost you €350 plus the maintenance
cost. You can opt for the plastic grass looking
option (cost approximately €400 for the good
quality), but care is needed for its drainage and if
domestic animals around could be a problem.
Q.: I note in the Greek press articles of yours that
you are encouraging Mayors of seaside areas to
“upgrade” the seaside even without a permit. Don’t
you think that you are encouraging an illegality?
A.; Yes, maybe I am, but then if you read my article
closely I refer to real examples how these beaches
have been improved for the benefit of the bathers,
the people and the Municipalities. The facts are
here. From there on it is up to the Municipalities
to take their decision and take on the so called
greens and others.
Well we have read the report on Cyprus weddings
especially from the British. We intend to get
married and invite over 50 people for the event in
Cyprus. In the U.K. the event will cost us around
€15.000 at least. Excluding the travel cost how much
do you think it will cost us in Cyprus?
Evelina & Mark
A.: There is a special website (given) where you can
get all sorts of information and options estimates.
If you opt for the off season period (other than
June-September) and if you are to choose the lovely
family runned restaurants outside the tourist areas
(see Ayia Anna village, St. Barbara village etc etc)
the food cost will not exceed €25/person with wine
and a Greek dancing show to go. All in all including
travelling (within Cyprus) for your guests (colorful
bus etc) it will cost around €30/person (less than a
good quality fish and chips restaurant in the U.K.).
Give your guests “something else” and a memorable
experience dear friends.
I wish you all the best in your coming wedding and
the best of luck.
Q.: Our street light across the road does not work.
We have applied to the EAC but no reply. It is
bothering us not only for security purposes, but
also for the indifference dear Mr Loizou.
Xenia & George (Pafos)
A.: You should apply to the local Municipality dear
friends whose responsibility is to make good. Write
a letter and if no response for say 30 days (this is
Cyprus) come back to me with the details.
Q.: We have sought the advice of a gardener who told
us that we should place lemon trees and in between
pine trees. We have paid €3.000 for this but yet our
“pub friends” told us that this is a mistake.
Your opinion please since we do not want to end up
with no fruit trees after 3 years of caring.
A.: Your pub friends might have a point. Since pine
trees grow with branches extending more than 3
meters in radius not allowing other trees to grow
Q.: I never thought that I would need your help
after reading so many years your column in the
Ok I will try to keep this short but I don t know if
it is possible.
I am a Dutch woman married with Cypriot and we have
3 kids together, I am at the point to leave this
island and go back to Holland. It seems to me there
is no law and there are rules only for certain
For over 13 years I run a rental shop with my
husband in Paphos we mainly do quad buggy and jeep
safari tours to avoid to many accidents with the
We rent a small kiosk for nearly 13 years at a hotel
in Kato Paphos in the parking area.
We always paid our rent and also the taxes to the
Muncipality of Yeroskipos.
2 years ago the hotel was sold to somebody from
India and he sold it to a big Israeli company we
never met the owners but I try to contact with them
without any success.
Since a couple of months they told us to leave from
the kiosk, but this is our living we had a look for
another venue but there was not the kiosk is old and
the hotel never done any maintenance in all those
years but the spot is excellent for what we doing.
The reason they want us to leave is that they gonna
rebuild the parking.
I try many times to make a meeting with the manager
but when I finally have a meeting and I come there
it is rushed off because he has another meeting.
My husband had a talk with the architect and he told
my husband that the kiosk is on the new plans and
that they wait for permission to started.
So can you imaging you have a shop, you don t know
if you can stay there or not you open because the
season started you working at a building side and
the most hurtful thing the hotel treat us like
toilet paper we used you we don t need you and now
you have to go.
What can we do any advise welcome we have been to 2
lawyers one in Paphos one in Limassol and they both
told us that we don t have any rights so we be
unemployed from one to the another day paying over
50.000 euro rent over the passed years and we cannot
We found a small little shop in Kato Paphos but the
people there are not happy the restaurant put plants
two meter high in front of the shop so nobody sees
us, he is using the parking space for tables and
umbrellas because he pay 4000 euro rent so the
parking ins from him. we don t mind that but we mind
the plants I contact with the Municipality but until
now no success.
on the another side is a taxi office and he uses the
road for parking his taxi is when I come to collect
my daughter and my car is there a couple of minutes
they are upset.
In the corner is car hire and motorbike rental he
doesn’t want us to put any signs if we do he call
the Municipality and the come so we remove it.
All in all a very difficult situation we didn’t want
this shop but unfortunately there is nothing at the
moment all shops are taken.
Now my question is what can we do if there is
anything please tell us we even want to put money
ourselves to fix the kiosk so it will look nice with
the new parking, is there no protection for the
normal people in Cyprus only when you know the right
people and you have the money you can survive.
With all this problems going on our family developed
many problems Ii will leave the details.
please help us.
A.: I appreciate your anxiety and distress. As your
shop is part of a hotel I doubt that you have
compensation rights under the Rent Control Acts.
I suggest that you look around along the Coral Bay
road near the Mall. There are numerous vacant units
to let. It has good visibility and some offer wide
pavements to park you own cars.
Q.: Any official reaction on your encouragement of
the seaside Municipalities to carry out beach
“improvements” be it “illegal”?
A.: No, but I got a number of thank you calls from
the Municipalities and the local residents.
Q.: What it is very strange Mr Loizou is the rubbish
bins that are placed on the beaches and along the
motorways are very small always overflowing with
rubbish. Can no one in Authority see it?
A.: I could not agree with you more. For the first,
the responsibility is the local authority and for
the second the Ministry of Transport. I will be
address a relevant letter to them, but the more
letters being sent the speeder the solution/action.
Q.: We come for a country that we have “war” and the
slightest noise is upsetting us especially the
children. The other week we had a 4 day holiday yet
the fireworks were daily scaring just about
everybody in our group. I understand that it was a
religious festivity with many celebrations going on.
A.: Yes it was the celebrations on Epiphany and yes
it is customary over the years to have fireworks let
alone fireworks for other occasions and including
weddings/birthdays etc. So, make sure dear readers
next time you decide to visit us, you check with
your tour operator/hotel on the details – I hope
that next time you visit us your country’s problem
will be solved.
Q.: We are planning to send a sougla gadget to our
children in the U.K. Τhey were so delighted by
George’s cooking capabilities (my husband) that when
we asked our children what they liked for Xmas their
reply was “send us the sougla machine”.
The question is how much it cost for a full set
including in addition to the battery operated sougla,
the electric motor. Any idea on the cost of sending
A.: This Cypriot gadget was not patented, duly
copied by the Italians who now have the upper hand.
The full set for a three skewers (long) capable of
taking on around 7 kilos (feeding ±12 people) plus
the grill for sheftalia, halloumi, on charcoal, and
vegetables etc cost around €80/each. DIYs are
abundant and they prepared in duly boxed container.
Air freight will cost another €50-€100 depending on
the size say in total €150. Not much to keep your
children happy and impress their children and
friends on the whole ceremony. What a lovely present
I must say and you got off cheap.
This is the easy part dear friends then you must
provide the recipe which sort of meat to cook
(lamp), the time required (see the froth approach)
etc. So, at the end dear friend George it seems he
may have to pay a visit to!!
All the best dear readers.
Q.: I see this eagle/kites style which seem to be
increasing in oder to scare away birds, especially
the annoying wild pigeons. Is this effective, since
we have a large problem both for their drippings and
the mating calling which goes on all night.
A.: I appreciate your problem and in our Nicosia
home we have placed spikes (cheap solution) but not
fully effective. Then and in addition we used a
spray (from DIY) which the birds do not like and we
have avoided their drippings.
The eagle kite must be set on a long pole and it
goes around depending on the wind (cost around €80).
I am told it is effective as long as it has the
capability to “fly” at some radius of approximately
50-100 mts. Then the question is do you have the
Q.: Dear sir,
Trapped buyers could lose their homes. The Limassol
and Paphos District Courts in Cyprus have both ruled
that the trapped buyers’ law, which enabled those
duped into buying property built on mortgaged land
to get their Title Deeds, is unconstitutional.
Would buyers that HAVE attained deeds through the
law stand to lose their deeds?
A.: Based on the Governmental announcement no you
will not lose your deed once you had it transferred.
Q.: The roof has leaked for a long time and the
management company did not make it watertight,
ignoring letter from engineer. I have had damage
3times to my ceiling, and the last bill I refused to
pay and have deducted it from the common cost bill,
I explained all this to the company last December
but they have never got back to me. As I want to
sell my apartment I wondered if they can stop the
sale as they may say I owe common cost fees. Where
do I stand in this situation? I consider their non
action on roof repairs to be negligence. Thank you
A.: Presumably the buyer will require proof that
previous common expenses have been paid. In this
case you will have a problem with the buyer but the
sale cannot be stopped by the Management Committee.
It is a tricky situation regarding the roof
insulation. All sorts of people and including
traders placing a/c, TV aerials etc pierce the roof
insulation, so who is responsible? In theory at
least, you should pay the common expenses and take
legal action against the administrative committee
(not worth the cost and the trouble – always
depending on the amount). An advocate’s letter
towards the committee should do it in most occasions
Q.: I have been searching to rent a house but I have
pets and no one seems to be interested to lease
their property. Is this normal in Cyprus?
A.: Yes, but it depends on what sort and how many
pets you have dear George. Personally I have let a
flat were the tenant had 2 cats. Not only the
furniture was scratched, but also a mat full of
hairs was duly placed in the cloth washer destroying
the machine. End result €400 damage. This is one of
Q.: The noise from disco music etc is everywhere I
am afraid. Is there no law about this? How can we
enjoy our holidays with such a nuisance?
A.: I would agree with you and it is evident during
the summer period and for the holiday spots. There
is indeed a law in place, which, as I understand,
places a limit up to 1.00 am. But then during
holidays it is very difficult to enforce it. Yes,
there is a problem I am afraid and I cannot offer an
advice, other than report the matter to the Police
(if they bother to respond mind you!!!).
Q.: Dog beaches Mr Loizou? What is this, do we have
to bathe with dogs etc and including putting up with
their “drippings”? Tthere are so many isolated
beaches that those who own animals can go. We even
had the experience a few years ago to swim next to a
A.: This is a requirement by the E.U. I am afraid.
If these beaches are properly runned and maintained,
in theory at least, should not produce a problem,
but, then, this is Cyprus. Personally I have 2
German shepherd dogs whom I do not take to the beach
for this reason. The horse event is a unique one I
must say. In the past we had folks of goats and
sheep as well. We are improving!!
Q.: I read your article in the Greek press regarding
the common expenses “curse” as you say. Do you think
that the new Minister of Interior will listen this
A.: I doubt it, but no harm in trying and I will
keep trying dear reader.
Q.: You must be aware of the terrible fire in London
and the number of deaths. I wonder do our new 30
floor buildings have the fire protection
A.: There is a lot of discussion going on at this
point of time as a result of this and other events.
We will have to wait the results it is indeed a
problem since everybody thinks that it will happen
to others and not themselves. A terrible experience.
The new fire regulations are under discussion at
Q.: I want to report this Mr Loizou since it might
be of interest to your readers.
We were at our excursion in the wood and the car
broke down. We called “X” car care who is supposed
to towe the car to a garage. We were informed that
the rescue car will be there in 25 minutes. Sure, it
came be it in 40 minutes, the car was towed and the
man asked us for €80 since, he said, it was out of
his way. We paid him but then is this correct? We
think that it is a scam.
A.: Not correct. You should report this to your car
care Co and ask for your €80 back. I am sure you
have no receipt for this, but if your car care Co is
correct it should respond correctly.
Q.: We had an accident with our project’s private
road and we claim the damage from our car insurance
Co. Their response was that the cover refers only
accidents on public roads and not to private ones.
We could not believe it.
G & H Andreou
A.: Having spoken to our own insurance Co it appears
that your insurer is correct. On another note, if
your car does not work and it is in your garage and
you ask the rescue people to collect maybe they will
not. So, in our occasion (and I am embarrassed to
mention it) I pushed the car out of the drive to the
public road. Then it was okay!!
Q.: We were having a party and we have music in
place, may be quite loud but no complains. Then we
received a letter from an organization about music
rights demanding a fee. What is this? Do you know
anything about it?
A.: Music, if it is used not for your own use, but
for public events (e.g. a wedding) they may have a
Q.: Just went through the Q&A questions section and
did not find case similar to ours problem.
We are a couple renting property in a small complex
and we have our main allocated parking space and
also a public driveway to our backdoor. We've been
told by Management Company that we should have
access to this public driveway, for example to
load/unload things or whatever we need.
However, our neighbour (man) who is also an owner of
the townhouse in our complex, constantly preventing
and harassing us verbally, saying that:
1. - This driveway should be used for emergency only
2. - I don’t want you to be parked there
3. - I want silence and don’t want anyone to drive
through this driveway
- You are Tenants only and you have no rights here
(though he is not our Landlord)
One day when I made attempt to make a video of what
my neighbour is telling me so that to protect myself
in future, he promptly snatched my iPhone from my
hands and made attempt to bring my iPhone into his
house. When I tried to get my phone back from him,
he punched me in the face and continued fighting
with me (I'm a woman). I was lucky to get my phone
back and get a chance to visit a hospital and report
beatings and any possible injuries and then claim a
report in police.
Because the neighbour's still thinking that he is
right, I can expect from now any sort of behaviour
from him anytime (as he is unpredictable and he
caused already a physical violence). So what other
steps should I take to protect myself and my family
and what other organisations can I contact so that
to be safe?
Many thanks in advance!
A.: In order to express an opinion on the rights
that you have for the driveway, I will need to see
the title. Perhaps your landlord could help out on
this. The fact that you are a tenant has nothing to
do with the property’s (yours) rights.
Physical violence for such a sort of thing is
shocking and I agree that you have reported the man
to the Police. I also suggest you use the services
of an advocate to write a warning letter to this
bully. I am not aware of any appropriate
organisation to whom you can apply and I think that
a Police warning also will do wonders.
Q.: We have been staying at an Ayia Napa hotel and
we became befriended by a German couple. We had a
good time together. The hotel was very good and on
this subject we have no complain. Yet our German
friends told us that notwithstanding the fact that
they visit the same hotel over the last 8 years,
they will not come back again because of the Russian
tourists (name of the hotel given). The reason Mr
A.: It is a fact that German and some other European
nationalities do not like the Russians, more on
their nationality as opposed to their behavior. I
find that Russian tourists are family oriented with
young children well behaved and far from their
boozing name. It seems dear George that the second
world war is not over yet and old experiences and
keeping the cold confrontation on this is what
happening. You do remember the young British
tourists a couple of years ago at Ayia Napa who
caused the village/island a lot of troubles even
with fights amongst gangs from the U.K. and the new
behavior of British tourists on false accusations
for food poisoning etc. (the latter is a serious
problem to the extent that Spain is now considering
to ban such tourists and now the C.T.O. is having
consultations on the same subject). Russian tourists
spend approximately 20% more of the ordinary
tourists, whereas a good percentage say around
15%-20% venture in the more expensive restaurants
out of the tourist areas. Average age 25-40 years
old and average age of children 1-10.
The hotel you mention I have visited last week and
there was an Italian night with a couple of Italian
singers – lovely – yes many Russians mind you but I
made more noise myself in trying to follow up the
singers that the rest of the attendants!!
Q.: What a heat wave Mr Loizou 40 degrees (plus) we
never expected it and it is most uncomfortable for
us coming from northern Europe.
A.: An out of the ordinary situation dear reader. A
number of tourists do not visit Cyprus because of
this during the peak heat season July-August. Bear
in mind that when on the beach/sea use a cloth hut
(around €5.0) so that you do not get sun stroke with
special attention to children, which nice as it may
be playing in the sun, hire an umbrella whereas
sun-tuning should be adopted with care.
Q.: I have run out of a certain medicine that I need
twice daily. We asked if there are an open pharmacy
(weekend) and we were told that there are closed
over the weekends. Is this Cyprus Mr Loizou, as you
A.: No dear friend you were informed incorrectly.
There are a number of pharmacies open all hours and
during the nights and weekend. Use your Google and
find out where the operational pharmacies are at any
given time. If you stay at a hotel the reception
could help out.
Q.: I was shocked to read that the House approved a
Bill which more or less allows the catching of
migrating birds. Do you agree with this?
A.: Not at all. It is shocking but then with our
standards of MPs (for which I expressed my
disappointment on several occasions) what do you
This is big business however dear reader and the
small migrating birds are the victims of this big
and profitable business. If you care to read the
reasoning of the change of the legislation and the
details, you will be even more shocked I am afraid.
Migrating birds with little effort sell at €5.0/each
(and a souglakia pitta the same). You do appreciate
the huge profit since the birds are free – terrible.
Q.: Dear Mr Loizou,
If you could help me with the following:
I'm interested in legal proceeding against residence
of polikatikia in case of not payment the common
expense (should the amount be substantial).
I'm one of two members on the committee board for 9
flat building in Lycavitos areas.
We are managing building by ourselves and Im a
From time to time there are issues of late payments
and I would like to, say, finish it.
The questions are the following:
1) is it realistic for the committee to sue the
owner who does not comply with payments?
2) is the committee should be legally established
(registered in Ktimatologio) before it can proceed
with legal proceeding against resident, how to check
3) say, just one resident does not comply, should
the committee obtain consent of the other (8) to
start legal proceedings or it can proceed on its own
4) how long the court proceeding might take?
5) how much the procedure could cost?
6) as I understand before starting legal proceeding
the notice letters from lawyer could be sent, say, 3
notice letters, how much could it cost to send the
7) does your company have in-house lawyers who can
deal with the above?
A.:I note what you say in your letter and I respond
• Yes, you can sue as the administrative committer
those who do not pay.
• No need to have the Committee so registered with
the Lands Office as such. You will need to have a
general meeting of all owners and take a decision
(51% is ok). First to appoint a committee and there
on take the legal action.
• Once you have a decision to take legal action by
the general meeting you can proceed even against
one. No need to take the approval of all and the
Administrative Committee can take action and to
whoever person is liable.
• Difficult to say on the court action/decision but
estimate around 1½-2 years.
• Legal costs could amount to around €1.500-€2.000
depending on the number of law suits involved.
• Using the services of a lawyer he will know how to
proceed. I expect that a single letter of warning
will cost around €70-€100/each.
• No we do not have an internal lawyer I am afraid.
I hope I am of some help.
Q.: We visited a restaurant at a village outside
Limassol. We had a very good, plentiful meat be it
on the expensive side. At the end, the waiter asked
us if we liked a “kerastiko” (a treat on the house).
We said “no thank you” since we thought that it
would be added on the bill. Our friends told us “on
the house/kerastiko” means without charge. Is this
the norm Mr Loizou?
Kellan & Mary Graft
A.: Yes, be it not in all places. At Ayia Napa
restaurant we visited last week the “kerastiko” was
a very good quality ice-cream. In another place at
Pissouri it was zivania shots etc etc. If you visit
Crete, whether you ask for it or not you get at the
end their own type of snaps etc. A good gesture on
behalf of the restaurant I must say (be it that it
is charged in any case in the overall bill).
Q.: With the gas drill going on and the built up of
the various war ships around Cyprus, don’t you think
that this will affect tourism and again real estate
sales mainly to foreigners for visas etc?
A.: So far there is not a big issue in the
international media. It seems that these big gas/oil
Cos have their Governments behind them, as well as
others who want to keep the piece as is. In my own
opinion and without going into politics as such
since we the G.C. and T.C. have agreed to share
whatever income comes of the finds (if any) is to
rush and set up the common fund to be shared (I
understand that the previous Government has agreed a
split up of 70% (G.C.) and 30% (T.C.) even prior to
a solution once the board of the fund is set up
(having say a Norwegian chairman we decided to adopt
their model) there should be no problem.
What is this clefkico food Mr Loizou?
A.: It is a treat dear Nic unique for Cyprus. You
must have seen the clay ovens for sale everywhere
and for the ordinary family size they cost around
€250. It is an oven made of firebricks or clay with
clay cover and a sealed steel door. You place in the
oven firewood which you keep it alive for 2-3 hours
and then you place old age goat meat (ask your
butcher) which you keep it there for about 3-4 hours
(it needs a couple of times training mind you). In
the tray of the meat you place potatoes. The meat
melts (must be old with fat so that it can take the
heat for hours) whereas the potatoes with the fat
that melts become most tasty.
I am giving you a very-very short version but the
result is there.
I have invited a Romanian business person to our
house and I have proudly produce the dish. Initially
he was not impressed, but then the taste came and he
was “over the moon”. Things I do to promote the
Office is on another level but I never would have
thought that food would be one of the ways.
Q.: VAT on building land has been postponed for
September (2017). Numerous agents advice that “buy
now” in order to save the VAT.
Shall we follow their advice?
Costas & Helen Hercules
A.: I don’t know whether VAT will be 19% or 5%, but,
yes if you have in mind to buy a building plot in
the immediate future, do it now.
At 66 I decided to spend the next 5 years in Cyprus.
I rented a lovely villa signed the contract and sent
deposit and advanced rent to the agents. The
contract started 1st July 2017. Rented out my house,
got dog vaccinated etc, shipped my car to Cyprus
booked tickets for 10th July only to get an email on
3rd July to say my villa had been rented to someone
else. I'm amazed this kind of practise can exist. My
life is ruined. I have all sorts of problems now and
it's cost me about £3000 already. I still have to
pay to have my car shipped back to U.K. You should
A.: This is terrible. If I was you I would have
waited for the contract to be signed. Nevertheless,
you have a legal point against the agent/landlord
should you care to explore this route.
Q.: Hi Mr Loizou
I hope you can help me
We have bought a house on a sloping piece of ground
that has sea views
There is a property in front of us, that carries on
sloping down the hill.
I would like to know, where do the Cyprus property
laws say that you must measure the height of a
For example, can the land in front of us, build
their house from the top level of their property (in
other words the height of their building will ruin
our sea view).
Or is there some standard measure that the
properties height is measured from (e.g. in the
centre of the property)
I really appreciate your help on this
Peter van Rijn
A.: I attach for your reference a relevant document
which shows where the height is measured from. In
case of sloping ground you measure the height from
the mean slope up to the flat roof. Pitched roof in
Q.: We visited at Pissouri village Mr Loizou a local
well known restaurant. The waiter suggested that we
buy halloumi from a local producer in a plastic jar
for around €30. There are around 12 pieces in it. We
tasted it and I must admit there is no comparison
with the halloumi we buy from supermarkets. Supreme
quality, never tasted such a halloumi during our 15
years of stay in Cyprus.
The question is do these family runned business have
the health requirements to produce the product?
Nina & George Harris
A.: Yes, since if not they will have a problem.
Check if the jar has a name and address so that it
means that they have the necessary licenses (not
100% secured but this is the best I can come up
I have visited this producer and it seems that it
has the Hassap requirements – clean stainless steel
fixtures etc an establishment with 80 sq.mts. in
extent behind the producer’s house. A client of ours
brought us a halloumi gift from Athienou village –
Lovely no name and brand, but at the end of the day
the taste was excellent (notwithstanding that I
appreciate your point).
Halloumi for breakfast, being in the holiday mood, I
suggest three slices of good goat halloumi fried in
a pan on either side lightly. Place on top an egg. A
memorable experience (I have reported in this column
how halloumi in pitta and tomato can become an
innovative ordevre (on charcoal).
Q.: No w.cs. in public beaches at Protaras, yet they
were there before.
A.: I think it was a mess up on behalf of the
Municipality. The old w.cs. have been replaced with
new ones but not connected as yet!!
Q.: Turkey’s tourists are coming back as well as in
Tunisia and the international reports by the tourist
Cos, by projection, sent a warning that Cyprus will
not continue its boom tourist trade for the near
future. What do you think Mr Loizou?
A.: Yes it is a fact as they say “tourists are like
sparrows with any noise they quickly go away but as
quickly they come back”.
The drop in tourist demand over the years (up to
2015/2016) must have brought back our senses, after
the major failing of Cyprus, as a result mainly of
the Cyprus airways, not allowing free skies. I hope
that the boom years of the last 2 years new tourist
destinations came to know Cyprus such as Germany/the
ignored U.K. market and others. I hope that there
will be time to focus in the expected drop in
demand, in hope that the various infrastructural
works that are going on at present will upgrade the
tourist product increasing Cyprus competition. A lot
of events and happenings are in process and the
C.T.O. seems to be slightly awaken by the recent
developments. The competition from the Turkish
occupied area is also a point which must be
addressed as the Cyprus political situation remains
What I am concerned is the fact that some Europeans
do not like tourists from Russia and this must be
addressed to an extent. We have the impression that
the second world war is not yet over by the European
countries. We have a very good vibrant Russian
community which is most welcomed, but then we read
reports that we, as Cyprus, are being taken over by
Russians. Russian banks, Russian press and tv,
Russian churches, Russian shops and so on, whereas a
recent report for a Russian Co to build a structure
at Ayia Napa harbor is not helpful. Care is needed
to welcome and accommodate the Russians and other ex
iron countries, but the recent announcement by some
Russian people that they will set up a political
party is not helpful.
Q.: I have noted your correspondence as this has
been published in the Cyprus Weekly regarding a
reader who has a problem in getting a subsidy for
the energy saving scheme from the Government.
Based on the correspondence it seems that the
problem has been resolved within 10 days from your
intervention. So that I know should I have similar
problems regarding real estate matters, what is the
charge for getting you involved?
A.: Nothing dear reader. Cyprus Weekly and myself
have a “mission” to help our readers for matters
that are of a general interest and where we feel
that unreasonableness and bureaucracy is involved.
Q.: We have a house at the Paralimni region and we
will be using our existing parking to convert it
into a room (duly allowed under the new relaxation
regarding the 20% or 60 sq.mts. extension). The
Planning Authority although agreeing with our plans,
indicated that we will need a parking place for the
house and notwithstanding the fact that our plot can
accommodate several cars, they refuse our
application because the parking (one car) which we
will have as an open air one, falls within the
seashore protection zone, notwithstanding that we
are more than 200 sq.mts. away from the seashore. Is
there a way you can help us?
Harry & Nicole Just
A.: This is one of the most unreasonable regulations
that we have. Public parking can be accommodated
within the seashore zone, but not one parking for a
private house. Please submit your details to me and
I will take it up with the Town Planning Director. A
relaxation should be claimed and keeping our finger
crossed, I am confident that you can get it.
Q.: I have read in your website (under press)
regarding a reader who has sea view and now the
house will be blocked since the building in front is
allowed to build another floor. We have a similar
case and we intend to build a 3rd floor. It is a
flat ground with 2 floors allowed, so our rear
neighbors cannot see the sea views even now. If we
are allowed to build another floor it will not make
a difference. Is there a way to object you think Mr
Marios & Lenia Kangas
A.: This is not a straightforward question. It will
depend on the circumstances. In “our” sales
contracts we do not allow garden trees more than 1.5
mts in height. If you do not have this restriction
and say you decide to plant cypress trees which can
grow more than 2 floors, there is no view anyway.
Not an easy question but you may have a point to
discuss your case based on the circumstances as I
Dear Mr. Loizou,
I noticed this year the Limassol beaches are getting
worse for bathers. We were here 20 years ago and the
beach was lovely and sandy. You could walk into the
sea on a bed of sand.
Now, there are big pebbles and stones at least 10
metres into the sea from the water’s edge and they
are really slippery, with silt on them.
I can only surmise that the water sports brigade
removed the earth and stones at the back of the
beach to make way for themselves.
PS. If you want a good beach to go to, go to
Bournemouth in the UK, 6 miles of sandy beaches (not
interfered with). Limassol Municipality could learn
a lesson or two.
A.: Many thanks for your email. Indeed there is a
problem that is why the Government is constructing
break waters along the seashore (in hope that sand
will return – see Larnaca example where the seaside
beach has expanded by more than 40 mts over the
years). Regarding Bournemouth dear reader I will
bear it in mind. Many thanks.
Q.: Dear Mr Loizou
Can I ask you for your advice/opinion?
The property we bought in 2005 was at the time on a
dirt track that joined the main road some 30-40m
down from the property to a public road. Before the
approved road surface was laid it became very
obvious that the junction was dangerous as it was on
the inside of a bend and was blind in both
directions. The Police and the Ministry – Road
transport/safety dept. agreed and the road was
stopped short of the actual junction.
Effectively we were now in a ‘cul-de-sac’ but we had
an approved tarmac road that ran to within about 30m
of the same main road but on a straight stretch some
400-500m further south. The police/ministry told us
to use this exit point as it was safe. We have used
it as access to our property for over 10 years with
no problems, as the only permanent residents. The
last 50m is still not a made-up road but the last
15m of that has been concreted at the junction point
to the public road.
About six months ago the Mukhtar blocked the access
point with a huge pile of dirt and rocks. He says he
was instructed to do so by the District Office. The
alternative access to our property is now a 3km
detour and requires a 180 degree turn off the main
road some 800m north from the blocked access. A very
dangerous turn requiring any turning vehicle to
cross into oncoming traffic. The route is then on a
minor road, some of it ‘half’ a road with no street
lighting. We then have to traverse a 200m boulder
strewn track which is on a steep slope entailing two
90 degree bends. In heavy rain it becomes a raging
river and is impassable to all but 4WD vehicles. It
is also primarily backfill on a sloping hillside
which has land-slipped in the past.
Access for any emergency vehicles, especially an
ambulance, would be impossible by this route and our
property is now isolated as, without a 4WD, the
route is very difficult. I have tackled many govt.
departments from the District Office, the Police
Road Safety Dept and the Ministry of transport
........ but none of them have the slightest
interest in our problem.
I believe this action of blocking an established and
safe access onto our nearest public road to be a
breach of my right under Cyprus Law (CAP224?) as a
Cyprus property owner to have reasonable access to
my home by the shortest and safest route. I also
believe that the blocking of this original access
point is ‘reckless endangerment’ as the dangers have
been pointed out to the Mukhtar many times. My wife
also has medical (Spinal and previous brain
haemorrhages (x3)) conditions and the rough track is
not conducive to her health.
What should I do now and what are my rights under
A.: In order to try and help you I will need a site
plan showing your registered access and a “file
number” of your application. I might take the matter
up with the Ministry should I consider that you have