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Buying Property in North Cyprus
Freehold Title Deeds
There have been many stories and news items about title deeds in North Cyprus. Not
unnaturally, most prospective property buyers will try to understand why so many
different versions of the facts are talked about.
Most of the issues under discussion arise from the division of the island in 1974
and claims to property ownership made by Greek Cypriots in respect of land left behind
when they, or more likely their forebears, removed to the south. It is often not
mentioned that the same thing happened to a number of Turkish Cypriots displaced
from their homes in the south. The truth is that this was a very unfortunate period
in the history of Cyprus. The bottom line now is that this is The Turkish Republic
of North Cyprus. There is only one freehold title that you can buy and that is The
Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Freehold. Concerns about claims on land ownership
from Greek Cypriots have been largely dispelled by recent rulings from the European
Court of Human Rights as the government of the TRNC has established a fair and reasonable
process for dealing with these issues. Further useful links can be found on our home
This TRNC Freehold title deed can be broken down to four possible variants, one of
which will apply to your purchase. These are:
Pre. 1974 Foreign Title.
This applies to land or immovable property that was owned by a foreign national before
Pre. 1974 Turkish Title.
As the name implies, this applies to land or immovable property owned by a Turkish
Cypriot before 1974.
This applies to land given by the government to Turkish and Turkish Cypriot people
after 1974 for military service and to encourage settlers. This was to promote and
encourage economic progression.
This applies to land or property awarded by the government to a Turkish Cypriot in
exchange for land or
property they were forced to leave behind when fleeing the south in 1974.
All of these versions of the TRNC title deed can be considered safe to purchase but
as with any property purchase, it is most important that the prospective purchaser
employs a local solicitor well versed in the property and land laws. They will be
able to assure you that your intended freehold is legitimate and clear of any debts
or liens. Busy Bees Estate Agents can introduce you to such solicitors if required.
Buying Leasehold Property.
The actual process for buying leasehold is similar to freehold but the application
is made to the Ministry of Tourism rather than the Ministry of the Interior. This
is effectively obtaining permission for you to purchase property in North Cyprus.
Again it is highly recommended that a good local solicitor is employed from the start.
New Build Purchases.
When buying off plan for a new build property it is normal to agree a staged payment
plan. Your solicitor will draw up a contract detailing price, specifications, payment
plan and timescale. For more on buying off plan click this link.
If you have any questions regarding buying in North Cyprus not included in this overview,
please contact us and we will do our best to answer them.
If you are considering buying or selling property in North Cyprus you should be aware
that anyone trading in estate agency or real estate must now be registered with the
government and appropriately bonded in accordance with legislation. Our agency has
passed the stringent qualifying criteria and is licenced under number 066. We offer
free and friendly advice on all aspects of property buying and real estate investment
in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. New-Off Plan or Previously Owned we offer
a wide portfolio of Villas, Apartments,Penthouses, Holiday Flats, Bungalows or land
for sale for building or investment. We are specialists along the eastern seaboard
including Famagusta Bay, Bogaz, Bafra and the Karpaz Peninsula but also are able
to offer a range of property for sale in the Kyrenia region including Esentepe, Girne,
Catalkoy and Lapta.
Some basic facts on property purchasing are detailed below. If we can assist further
please Contact us and we will try to help with any specific question you may have.
Our aim is to make buying and selling property in North Cyprus as easy and pleasant
an experience as possible for our clients.