Homes in fees feud sealed off
FORTY-five bungalows at a Karpaz holiday village are at the centre of a legal dispute after being sealed off by police over 50,000TL in alleged unpaid licence fees.
Deren Çeliker, who has a three-year lease on a bungalow at the Cyprus Pearl Holiday Village in Yenierenköy, lodged a formal complaint about last weekend’s site closure and said she had instructed a lawyer to initiate court proceedings.
“Our properties were sealed off without warning or a court order,” said Ms Çeliker.
“I only discovered what had been done when I returned to my bungalow after being away for a while.”
Yenierenköy Mayor Emrah Yeşilırmak said his staff had asked police to take action under the Municipalities Law on the grounds that the facility had been operating without the necessary permit.
However İsmail Akçın, manager of the Cyprus Pearl — also known as the “Nudist Camp” — called the shutdown “unjust” because he had paid 26,500TL off the outstanding permit debt to the municipality and had offered to repay the remainder by instalments — a proposal to which he claimed the council had agreed.
“So if the council says they shut down the facility because I did not have an operating permit, why did they accept the initial 26,500TL?” Mr Akçın said, adding: “I have invested in this facility for the last eight years, so if the municipality wants to run this place they have to pay me for my labour here.”
Mr Yeşilırmak said they had notified the holiday village’s owner of their intentions, and it was the responsibility of the site’s manager to inform its tenants.
He added that the municipality had sought the Attorney-General’s opinion on the matter, and the closure would be revoked and the permit issued if debts amounting to 50,000TL were paid.
He added that the municipality had offered to take over the running of the holiday village on behalf of the owner, and this had been “welcomed warmly”.
Bungalow tenant Deren Çelikler, discovered her property was sealed off when she returned to the country
Yenierenköy Mayor Emrah Yeşilırmak. Right, Cyprus Pearl manager İsmail Akçın.