Unique Living
August 5th, 2018 | by Serge Cowan

A luxury property buyer’s guide to Cyprus

Choice of Property

We strongly recommend that the buyer select a property first, but should not pay any money
until a meeting with a lawyer has taken. You can search through our portfolio of properties in
Cyprus here: https://www.uniqueliving.com/property-for-sale/cyprus


We will introduce the buyer to English speaking local lawyers, who will listen to all your
concerns and questions and will give the real picture. If there are no legal or other problems
with the chosen property, the buyer may wish to appoint the lawyer to handle the transaction.

Reservation Fee

To reserve the property you are expected to put a deposit, usually € 2,000, however this may
vary according to the size and the value of the property and often the amount of the deposit is
decided between the vendor and the buyer as part of the negotiation. This will ensure the
property is removed from the market.

The Contract

When the chosen lawyer is ready and happy with all the paperwork, the buyer will be expected
to pay 30% of the value of the property (in some cases this can be as low as 20%, but it is
usually 30%). This should occur between 1-4 weeks after signing the Contract.


  1. Holding deposit € 2,000
  2. 30% down payment (using your own funds) and the balance coming either from
    individual funds or a bank loan.
  • (the buyer is advised to bring any recent bank statements and income statements as
    well as any other documents that will support the loan application).
  • In many cases, the bank may approve that the deposit is 20%, depending on the buyer’s
    individual circumstances.

‘Interest only’ Loans

Interest only loans, are also available, but local banks are being very selective at present.
The length of the loan may be up to 40 years, but this depends mainly on the buyer’s age.

Lawyers Fees

Lawyers in Cyprus charge between €1,000 – 2,000 depending on the value of the property. This
will be negotiated and agreed between the buyer and the lawyer – we only make the

When there are no title deeds

When separate title deeds are not ready, there is a certain procedure that makes the whole
transaction safe. We strongly advise buyers to follow this procedure, which we will explain it to
you while you are in Cyprus. It is best to avoid any short cuts that you may be advised by others
to follow. The transaction will still be safe, but there will be steps to follow in order to keep it
that way.

Transfer Fees

The purchaser will be liable to pay the following transfer fees for the property acquired, when
this is registered in their name at the District Lands Office. The fees are charged on the
property’s market value at the date of purchase (i.e. the date given on the last valid contract
submitted to the Land Registry Office).

Value of Property Transer Fee Rate % on property value
Up to €85,430 3.0%
€85,431 – €170,860 5.0%
Over €170,861 8.0%


For example: Transfer fee of a property valued at €175,000 [in one name] will be:

    • 3% for the first €85,430 = 2,562.90 €
    • 5% for €85,431-€170,860 = 4,271.45 €
    • 8% for €4,140 = 331.20 €
    • Total Transfer Fee = 11,434 €

Should the property be in joint names the transfer fee will be:

  • 3% for 1st €85,430 x 2 = €170,860 = 5,125.80 €
  • 5% for €4.140 = 207 €
  • Total Transfer Fee = 5,332.80 €

However, if the property is purchased in 2 (or more) people, this tax drops considerably.

(NB: An easier way to work out the transfer fee for a property purchased in joint names is to
divide the total property value by two, use the formula for one name then multiply the result by
two). Remember that this amount is calculated on the net amount of the property (excluding
VAT). This means that for a house which is priced at € 2,000,000, taxes are calculated on €
1,739,000 and not on € 2,000,000.

Annual Tax

Under the Cyprus ‘Immovable Property Tax’ laws 1980-2004 all property owners, regardless of
whether they’re resident in Cyprus or not, are liable to pay an annual tax based on the total
value of all the immovable property registered in their name. Cyprus’ property tax is calculated
on the market value of the property as at 1st January 1980 and is paid annually to the Inland
Revenue Department. It applies to the immovable property owned by the taxpayer on 1st
January each year.

*Individual owners are exempt from this tax if the 1980 value of the property is less than €12,500.

Calculating your Immovable Property Tax liability:

Every registered owner whose immovable property value exceeds €120,000 is required to
submit a Declaration of Immovable Property (IR 301 and IR 302) and pay the respective tax
every year before 30 September.

In September 2013, the government revised the tax bands as follows:

Market Value of Property (1/1/1980) annual Property Tax Accumulated Tax [Max]
Up to € 12,500 0% €0
€ 12,501 to € 40,000 0.6% €240
€ 40,001 to € 120,000 0.8% €880
€ 120,001 to € 170,000 0.9% €1,130
€ 170,001 to € 300,000 1.10% €2,760
€ 300,001 to € 500,000 1.30% €5,360
€ 500,001 to € 800,000 1.50% €9,860
€ 800,001 to € 3,000,000 1.70% €47,260
More than € 3,000,000 1.90%


*Those owning property whose total 1980 value exceeds €12,500 will pay tax on their total 1980 value. In 2014 all
Market Value of Property will change to reflect 2013 prices and not 1980 prices as now shown.

Local Authority Taxes & Rates

A rough guide could be approximately € 85 – € 260 per year depending on the size of your
property. This tax is for refuse collection, street lighting, sewerage, etc.

The basic utilities, electricity, water and telephone are payable individually in accordance with
the consumption and based on a meter reading.

*information provided in this Buyers Guide is subject to change without notification, every effort is made to keep these details up to date.

Serge Cowan

Serge Cowan

Managing Director and Founder

Serge has an extensive marketing background, after a broadcasting career, Serge moved into marketing where he worked for BSkyB & a number of leading Public Relations agencies.
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