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Take the Opportunity to Invest in North Cyprus!

Low Property Prices

Nowhere in the world will you find more affordable housing by the sea than in North Cyprus. While property prices continue to increase across Europe, North Cyprus provides relief for investors, offering quality and affordable housing for all budgets. This island offers properties such as villas, holiday homes, and residences at very competitive rates.

One of the reasons for the low property prices in North Cyprus is the government concessions to support development in the region. And these privileges aren’t only offered to
Cyprus citizens. The state also provides opportunities for foreigners, including numerous tax benefits.

Higher Rental Yields

When you buy property in North Cyprus, you can expect high rental yields.

With tourism booming in this Mediterranean region, visitors are increasingly choosing to rent apartments and villas to stay with their families and friends rather than booking hotels.

If you own a studio or an apartment in North Cyprus, you can expect a 7 – 10% rental yield on your investment. (Return of Investment)
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New regulation \ law Property tax in North Cyprus 2023 – WHAT TO KNOW? – Sell, Buy

orthern Cyprus has recently announced new tax regulations for real estate transactions, specifically for those who have not registered their contracts before February 10, 2023. The first-time exemption rights of transfer fee tax have been increased from 3% to 6%, but this new rate will only apply to those who purchase property and do not register their contracts before the aforementioned date.

For those who have already registered their contracts, the previous 3% transfer fee tax rate will still apply. However, foreign buyers who have not registered their contracts before February 10, 2023, will be subject to the new contract registration tax at a rate of 6% on the total contract value.

The new tax regulations are aimed at generating revenue for the government and promoting the growth of the real estate sector in Northern Cyprus. It is important for those who are planning to purchase property in Northern Cyprus to be aware of these new taxes and to register their contracts before February 10, 2023, to avoid the higher transfer fee tax rate and the new contract registration tax.

Property Tax in North Cyprus real estates / property purchasing taxes.

What taxes are payable on the purchase or when selling property in Northern Cyprus?

What taxes are payable on the purchase or when selling property in Northern Cyprus?

In Northern Cyprus Property purchase Taxes are usually payable right at the end of the transaction after your purchase permit has been granted and the title deeds are being transferred into your name. But developers require to get  VAT to be paid on the sale price at the date of delivery of possession of the property in North Cyprus

However, the current property sale or purchase taxes in North Cyprus are as follows:

Land Registry Transfer Fee –  Northern Cyprus govrement (TRNC) has recently (10.02.2023) announced new tax regulations for real estate transactions. The first-time exemption rights of transfer fee tax have been increased from 3% to 6%. This means that those who are purchasing property in Northern Cyprus will be subject to a new transfer fee tax.

Additionally, a new tax has been introduced for foreign buyers. This tax, called the contract registration tax, will be charged at a rate of 6% on the total contract value. This tax applies to all contracts signed by foreign buyers, regardless of whether they are purchasing property for the first time or not.

The new tax regulations are aimed at generating revenue for the government and promoting the growth of the real estate sector in Northern Cyprus. It is important for those who are planning to purchase property in Northern Cyprus to be aware of these new taxes and to factor them into their budget.

When you sell your property in Northern Cyprus again you have once in a lifetime option to not pay stoppage tax otherwise it’s 4 % for individuals.

VAT – 5%

VAT is applicable only in the case where the vendor is a Professional property seller/trader/developer or constriction company. The VAT is payable by the purchaser unless parties agree on different terms in the Contract of Sale.

Stamp Duty – 0.5%

Northern Cyprus property purchasing taxes. The stamp duty is payable to the Tax Office in North Cyprus at the rate of 0.5% of the sale price, before the registration of the Contract of Sale at the District Land Office.

Buying property abroad may involve different legal and financial implications than back where you live. Therefore you must be aware of concepts like the cost of buying property in North Cyprus.

Under the laws of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (non Citizens are entitled to take the title of only one property up to a maximum area of 5 donums per person providing that the property must have only one unit house on maximum 5 donum.)

Thanks to new regulations, NOW, husband and wife may purchase one property each in their own names., (previously, this was one property, per household, husband and wife were counted as one household, but this has since changed).

Before the title deeds to the property can be registered in your name, you will need to have permission from the Council of Ministers.

However if you wish to buy or invest in more than one property, or a property over 5 donums in area, than you must use trustees or you can set up a TRNC L.T.D company to be able to invest in multiple properties.

This company may cost you around 5-7 thousand GBP and yearly running cost minimum of £4000, however, you can keep this company as an un-active company to avoid taxes. All Contracts of Sale for the purchase of immovable property in Northern Cyprus must be registered at the District Lands Office within 21 (twenty-one) days of being signed, and it is now com-pul-sory for the Stamp Duty to be paid at the rate of 0.5% before registration, can take place.

Once the Contract of sale is registered, the purchaser is protected against the land being sold to a third party and the Contract will take priority over any subsequent  encumbrance.

Anyone wishing to purchase property in Northern Cyprus should be aware that there are risks as in many other countries. There have been cases where people have experienced problems due to misleading advertising, breach of Contract by > vendors/builders, non-completion or late completion of off-plan properties, or taxes have been charged incorrectly.

Now let’s talk about taxes:  

What taxes are payable on the purchase – and when are these payable?

Stamp duty:

which is payable within 21 days of the date of the Contract as I have mentioned above is 0.5%. As well as 6% contract registration tax must be paid on registration according to new law 2023.

Then we have Vat which is 5% on new developments that the buyer is responsible to pay however some resale properties are also due to VAT to be payable by new buyers because previous buyers never paid it when they purchase on off plan.

A then for last, buyers have a transfer fee which is 6%.

 If you decide to use your option right. this is when your purchase permit has been granted ( where it takes 11-12 months) and the title deeds are transferred into your name

Not to forget the vendors, where we agents call them sellers are responsible for they stopaj tax, which is 3% or for some countries its called Capital gains tax .

Also if the property Title Deed is in the name of a Company, constructor, trader or a Trust Company the taxation rate will be 4.5% for the seller.

The good news is, At present there is a one-time sale option introduced by government where you do not have to pay stopaj tax on your first sale and you can choose to use that one time sale option or use it on a further sale.

Overall: if you buying resale you will pay TOTAL 12.5% subject to vat if its paid, if not than 17.5%,  but if you buying new development property than you must pay 17.5% total.