It is now the norm to shelve serious issues while promoting solutions for unimportant issues.
As chairman of the Cyprus Property Owners Association I’m frequently asked to participate in meetings of House of Representatives committees to discuss legislation regarding the real estate sector.
The main aim is to discuss either bills tabled by MPs or similar ones tabled by the government.
It is usual that serious issues being discussed are shelved and find their place in some locked drawers of the House.
We’d not be exaggerating if we say that these are issues directly affecting the interests of many voters and professional groups.
One might be right to suspect that their promotion might affect ‘’kingdoms’’ within the state machine.
Here are some examples of these issues:
There has to be only one authority to issue all permits and check that the laws are obeyed during construction so that the permit and the title deed are issued upon completion.
The commonly-owned buildings legislation must be amended so that owners are collectively responsible to keep these buildings in good condition. They will stop being the eyesore in the areas they are found.
This law must be abolished at once as it creates more problems than it solves.
A bill tabled seeking to evict tenants not paying their rent has also been shelved by the House of Representatives.
It is evident that in Cyprus, where lawyers and judges seem to have the upper hand, it is difficult to follow the global norm of resolving these disputes out of court.
It is high time the government and the political parties deal with all these issues, plaguing the real estate sector for years.
Written by: George Mouskides
Director FOX Smart Estate Agency
Chairman Cyprus Property Owners Association (ΚΣΙΑ)
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