Homes in fees feud sealed off

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

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.

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