Land Registry Services

Our team has extensive experience in Legal advice and general assistance for any kind of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, swaps and leases of immovable property. We provide assistance on all land registry and local authorities procedures for properties situated in Cyprus. 

Land Registry services are combined with our office's contract law services and advisory services on agreements, documentations and forms. 

Your Essential Handbook for Buying Property in Cyprus: A Step-by-Step Guide

Cyprus is increasingly favored by those seeking a new home, attracted by its sunny climate, rich culture, and beautiful beaches, alongside its strong economy and safe environment, making it an ideal choice for both business and relocating families.


The legal framework governing property acquisition in Cyprus is established by the Immovable Property (Tenure, Registration, and Valuation) Law, Cap.224. This legislation oversees the property registration process, with EEA and EU nationals, as well as legal entities incorporated in Cyprus or any EU member state, facing no purchasing restrictions.


Non-EU individuals also have the opportunity to own property in Cyprus, provided they obtain consent from the Council of Ministers and fulfill the requirements outlined in a purchase agreement.


Purchasers typically bear some costs, find listed below some associated expenses.


Stamp duties are levied on all property purchase agreements and can be settled at any District Inland Revenue Department. Properties sold for less than €5,000 are exempt from stamp duty. For transactions valued up to €170,860, stamp duties are assessed at a rate of 0.15% of the purchase amount. Transactions exceeding €170,860 incur stamp duties at a rate of 0.20% of the purchase price.


Transfer fees are remitted by the buyer directly to the District Land Registry Office upon the transfer of the property's title deed to the buyer's name. These fees are determined according to the market value assessed by the Land Registry, rather than the purchase price. Transfer fees are exempted in cases where the property purchase includes VAT, but they may still be applicable if the purchase price falls below the property's assessed value.


The property value in euro is calculated as follows.


valued at up to €85,000 3%

Above €85,000 and up to €170,000 5%

Above €170,000 8%


Value Added Tax (VAT) in Cyprus is currently set at 19%. VAT is typically imposed on newly constructed residential properties, commercial properties, and undeveloped land without buildings, with potential exceptions.

Conducting thorough Due Diligence is paramount prior to any property acquisition.

It is imperative to ascertain the absence of encumbrances on the property, verify the status of its title deed, and confirm compliance with pertinent planning regulations and building permits.

The presence of burdens on the property or instances of non-compliance may impede the issuance and transfer of the respective title deed. Additionally, performing due diligence on the seller is of utmost importance.


Please note that this guide is not intended as legal counsel, as it may be subject to modifications in accordance with changes in laws and regulations, including enactments and amendments.

Transfer of property in the name of the «enclaved buyer»

On September 2015, the House of Representatives enacted the Immovable Property (Transfer and Mortgage) (Amendment) Law 139(I)/2015 which entered into force on 4 September 2015 with its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic. The new Law, provides new provisions for the transfer of the property to the purchasers who are enclaved, in case where they are unable and/or the vendor fails to transfer the property in their name in case the property is subject to mortgage and/or encumbrance....

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Cyprus is at the forefront of implementing a reduced 5% VAT rate for the initial 130 sq.m. of primary residences, with the plan set to take effect from November 1, 2023 applies to properties for which their building permits have been issued after the 1st of November 2023 under pressure from the European Union Court. The Parliamentary Committee unanimously decided to increase the maximum limit from 110 sq.m. to 130 sq.m., aligning with market trends and meeting European Directive standards. The aim of this move is to make primary residences more financially accessible.
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The above information is not intended to be used as legal advice and is merely an example to better understand the legal position of the reader. If you need legal advice please contact us today.