Buyer's Guide

Please Note: The Cyprus Parliament abolished and/or introduced 50% reduction of property transfer fees, this offer applies throughout 2018 and the following will apply:

Cyprus has proved to be an increasingly popular destination by foreign purchasers for the acquisition of real estate for a plethora of reasons. Buying a property overseas, in general, can add significantly to your quality of life and give you, your family and friends many happy times for years to come.

The island of Cyprus has always been considered to be one of the top property destinations by foreign buyers.  Despite the recent economic downturn that Cyprus had experienced as a result of the global economic recession, there is still a very strong interest for the real estate sector, especially from the Russian market, Middle East and Asia. The continuing demand for property by foreigners is attributed to many factors, including the relatively low cost of living, the high quality of lifestyle, the favourable policy to obtain a permanent residence through the acquisition of real estate and the fact that Cyprus is one of the top destinations for retirement

Choosing who to view with is an important decision

Since 1999 our family run property business, SLV Estates Ltd, has been selling, sourcing and renting properties in Cyprus and has also built several projects throughout the Island.
We have offices in both the UK and Cyprus. SLV Estates Ltd are fully independent and full members of the AIPP (Association of International property professionals) we go the extra mile in finding our clients the perfect property. With our wealth of experience and invaluable contacts we always smooth the path on every sale and help with any other services such as location,retirement advice and investment opportunities.

The owners, Paul and Cheryl, have lived for 8 years on the island and now promote our carefully selected properties at well known shows including A Place in the Sun and networking events. Paul and Cheryl drive the business from the UK with our energetic team . Our Sales and Marketing Director, Scott and his partner, administrator Kristina, are ready and waiting to show you much of what the island can offer whilst also helping you find your perfect property. We hope we can assist you and add you to the hundred of satisfied clients from around the world. WE GUARANTEE WE WILL FIND YOU THE RIGHT PROPERTY FOR YOU AND ONE OF THE DIRECTORS WILL ALWAYS SHOW YOU AROUND CYPRUS AND HELP YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

The island’s advantages are clear, you can even see the long-term potential of Cyprus just by looking at a map. It is the crossroads of east and west, where Europe and the Middle East meet.Cyprus is also a link between old and new Britain, being a friend in the European Union and a member of the British Commonwealth.Cyprus with direct year-round flights from all the main UK airlines and airports.
In addition, the unique hospitality of the local population, the attractive climate, the increasingly important role of safety (Cyprus is one of the safest countries in Europe with crime at a very low level) and security, have all played an important role. Demand and market activity has caused local property values to show a steady and at times sharp appreciation, but this trend has now a slower pace. Good properties are still abundant, and local property prices are still much lower than those of other European countries such as France, Portugal and Spain


Cyprus has a first world infrastructure with good roads, motorways, marinas, telecommunications,reliable power supplies and good airports at both ends of the country. It has relatively new hospitals in some of the buying hotspots, good schools and pre-school childcare, with a choice of international schools and free Greek lessons in the state sector.

Buying property as an investment

Local property values have shown a steady upward movement over the years and properties, especially beachfront properties, have shown a considerable appreciation. Relative to equivalent property found in other Mediterranean and Southern European countries, local property is believed to offer good value for money and the island’s increasing popularity by the international market further supports this.

Legal Safeguards

The legal system is Cyprus is largely based on the British equivalent and safeguards the purchaser’s rights in many ways. For the purchaser’s protection, once the agreement of property sale has been signed and a deposit paid, the Land Registry in Cyprus provides a simple and effective legal instrument called the "Specific Performance”. This procedure protects the purchaser’s ownership rights until the title deeds are issued and transferred to their name. The contract in the hands of the Land Registry cannot be withdrawn by anyone; and therefore the property cannot be leased, sold, transferred or mortgaged. This status can only be altered by the purchaser himself.

Stamp Duty

A one-off stamp duty is levied on the purchase of property in Cyprus. The rates are dependent on the contractual purchase amounts and payment is due within 30 days of signing the Sale Agreement. The amount is payable by the purchaser to the tax authorities. Note: Maximum Duty is €20,000


 Purchase Price in €

Stamp Duty in %

Up to 5,000 


5,001 - 170,000


Over 170,000


Transfer Fees

The purchaser will be liable to pay the following transfer fees for the property acquired, when this is registered in his/her name at the Land Registry Office. The fees are charged on the property’s market value at the date of purchase. (The rates below apply per person)

Property Value in €


Up to 85,000


85,001 - 170,000


Over 170,000


Important Note: The Cyprus Parliament announced the ebolishment or 50% reduction of property transfer fees, this offer applies throughout 2017 and the following will apply:

1. Exemption from transfer fees if the transfer relates to a transaction that is subject to VAT. VAT is charged at the standard rate of 19% where a reduced rate of VAT (5%) has been introduced for properties purchased by permanent residents of Cyprus, provided that the property will be used as the main residence of the purchaser for a minimum of 10 years.

2. In case a transaction is not subject to VAT, the legislation provides for an exemption of 50% of the transfer fees. This applies to transactions where transfer fees apply or are due and the transfer relates to plots of land, buildings or interests in land or indivisible interests that are sold for the first time from the date of issue of the relevant building permit and the relevant contract is prepared and submitted for the first time to the local District Land Registry during the period of application of the law.

Immovable Property Tax

These fees have now been abolished, so no fees apply. 

Capital Gains Tax

Capital Gains Tax is levied at 20% on gains arising from the disposal of property by each individual person.The gain is reduced by an indexation allowance that takes into account the inflationary increase over the years the property was owned. Non-residents are only taxed when selling property situated in Cyprus. The following allowances are available to individuals:

The first €17,086 of gains arising from the first disposal of any property in Cyprus. The first  €85,430 of gains arising from the disposal of a house used by the owner for his/her own habitation. This allowance can only be claimed once. An individual claiming a combination of the above allowances in only allowed a maximum allowance of €85,430.

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax has been abolished with effect 1 January 2000, and is no longer imposed.

Local Authority Tax

Your local authority will make an annual charge to cover such services as street lighting and refuse collection. The amount depends upon the area and the size of the property but generally ranges between €85 and €308 per annum at present and is a great deal cheaper than similar taxes imposed by councils in the UK.

Communal Expenses

Communal expenses cover an owner’s share towards the cost of cleaning and maintaining a project’s communal areas, gardens, swimming pool, management fees and repairs. These are payable at fixed intervals throughout the year and vary from development to development and from property to property.
To conclude, Cyprus represents fantastic value for money,compared to many other Mediterranean islands such as Corfu, Malta and Mallorca, and property and living costs in Cyprus are low. With 340 days of sunshine, hot summers and warm winters, as well as strong British influences apparent everywhere from driving on the left to English-based law, a warm welcome certainly awaits.

If you have any questions about any of these then please contact us!
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