Par­lia­ment dis­cusses change to rent law for ten­ants who do not pay

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - PROPERTY -

Par­lia­ment has started dis­cussing a bill to re­form the law reg­u­lat­ing out-of-court set­tle­ment in dis­putes over prop­erty rental agree­ments.

The dis­cus­sion kicked off with com­plaints from prop­erty own­ers re­gard­ing ten­ants who do not up­hold their rental agree­ment tak­ing ad­van­tage of slow ju­ridi­cal pro­ce­dures and the ex­ist­ing rental leg­is­la­tion that pro­tects those who de­lib­er­ately don’t pay.

A bill was tabled by DISY MPs Nikos Nouris, Ge­orge Ge­or­giou, Efthymios Di­plaros and Mar­ios Mavrides. In com­ments made to re­porters af­ter the ini­tial meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Nouris said that many “ten­ants are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Rent law which were passed af­ter the tragic events that took place in the 60s and 70s with the aim to pro­tect suf­fer­ing cit­i­zens from evic­tion and ir­ra­tional rent in­creases”.

He ar­gued that the sit­u­a­tion has changed, and the law should be brought up to speed.

“Our pre­vent clear this in­ten­tion,” he said, “is to phe­nom­e­non and to help land­lords who are de­prived of their prop­erty due to bad ten­ants and sub­se­quently to free re­sources with­held from the Cypriot state”.

He said the bill pri­mar­ily seeks to in­tro­duce an out-of-court pro­ce­dure with a land­lord hav­ing the right to present the ten­ant with a claim form and if within a pe­riod of 21 days the ten­ant does not pay the full amount owed, then an­other 90-day pe­riod is given to the debtor.

“If at this time there is no com­pli­ance from the ten­ant’s part, then the land­lord can file the case in court de­mand­ing rents due and the re­cov­ery of his prop­erty. The im­por­tant thing is that the bill fore­sees that the Rental Con­trol Courts will be prop­erly staffed so cases will be con­cluded within six months,” said the MP.

Nouris said that he is pleased to have seen a pos­i­tive re­sponse from all sides in the House, and that his party is open to sug­ges­tions that would en­rich the bill with­out al­ter­ing its phi­los­o­phy.

The pro­posal cov­ers long-term ten­ants who con­tinue to oc­cupy a prop­erty af­ter the rental agree­ment ex­pires.

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