A crit­i­cal lone voice in the wilder­ness?

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - PROPERTY - Μy An­to­nis Loizou

I won­der from time to time whether we are the only ones who voice con­cerns on the prob­lems of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the press­ing items that need im­me­di­ate cor­rec­tion. Re­gret­tably the or­gan­ised pro­fes­sional groups such as the Cyprus Tech­ni­cal Cham­ber (ETEK), the Ar­chi­tects As­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers or even the or­gan­ised de­vel­op­ers, do not seem to bother. Dur­ing 38 years of be­ing in­volved in pub­lic prob­lems through my ar­ti­cles, sem­i­nars, per­sonal con­tacts with Min­is­ters and other lev­els has not pro­vided the ex­pected re­sults.

Build­ing Per­mits – I have pub­lished a de­tailed step-bystep sug­ges­tion to cre­ate a new sys­tem of per­mit is­sues to in­volve civil ser­vants as lit­tle as pos­si­ble and the bur­den of the per­mits to be the prime re­spon­si­bil­ity by the ar­chi­tects of a project.

I raised the is­sue that the dreaded ‘cer­tifi­cate of fi­nal ap­proval’ that should be re­placed by a cer­tifi­cate of safety, so that the build­ings can be oc­cu­pied pend­ing the cer­tifi­cate of fi­nal ap­proval (which can take years to be is­sued from the build­ings com­ple­tion).

I have raised the is­sue of pri­vate swim­ming pools four years ago and pro­vided the gap that ex­ists be­tween EU reg­u­la­tions and our own. Now it’s be­come a big prob­lem.

I’ve sug­gested a cer­tain so­lu­tion to those buy­ers re­gard­ing the dam­age caused by sub­si­dence of build­ings.

Back in 2004, I raised the is­sue of units to let (Airbnb etc) which only now has sur­faced for pub­lic de­bate.

On the tow­ers that are ap­pear­ing ev­ery­where and although we are all for it (sub­ject to cer­tain con­di­tions), I raised con­cerns two years ago and now the prob­lems of these new de­vel­op­ments has wo­ken up the gov­ern­ment and the Town Plan­ning Of­fice.

Var­i­ous il­le­gal­i­ties that the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and even lo­cal plan­ning au­thor­i­ties tol­er­ate is a provo­ca­tion. I have re­cently re­ported var­i­ous de­part­ments on this and the mat­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral and oth­ers.

I have made a pro­pos­als re­gard­ing up­grad­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment with re­spect to land that is be­ing de­vel­oped.

I have sug­gested a pro­ce­dure to check the qual­ity of en­ter­tain­ment and tourist es­tab­lish­ments (three years ago) re­gard­ing the ser­vice of­fered and the charges. Now the C.T.O. is look­ing at it (see the ex­am­ple of Greece where au­tho­rised in­spec­tors/ “spies” are em­ployed).

I was the first to raise the ques­tion of com­mis­sion and es­pe­cially re­gard­ing in par­tic­u­lar the Chi­nese agents, lo­cal de­vel­op­ers as well as cer­tain ad­vo­cates and ac­coun­tants.

I raised the ques­tion of VAT im­posed on short lets – now at last we have a re­ply from the VAT au­thor­i­ties.

Our stand on the com­mon ex­penses law (I call it a curse) which is not work­ing is still pend­ing, be it that we will not let go (in ad­di­tion to the other sug­ges­tions).

I have a po­si­tion re­gard­ing Natura zon­ing and de­vel­op­ment and with spe­cial re­gard to Aka­mas and other ar­eas (ten years ago and prac­ti­cally an­nu­ally ever since).

I fired a warn­ing shot on the pass­ports/visa is­sues three years ago, plac­ing our own ideas on the sub­ject. The sit­u­a­tion is now get­ting very se­ri­ous since we are not lis­ten­ing to the warn­ings of the EU, the U.S. etc.

My ar­ti­cle and sug­ges­tion on ho­tel up­grad­ing since the year 2012 seems to have been adopted re­cently with good re­sults.

So, one won­ders, am I alone in cor­rect­ness, or shall we give up and at­ti­tude of in­dif­fer­ence? www.aloizou.com.cy ala-HQ@aloizou.com.cy these fol­low thoughts of the gen­eral

An­to­nis Loizou F.R.I.C.S. is the Di­rec­tor of An­to­nis Loizou & As­so­ci­ates Ltd., Real Es­tate & Projects De­vel­op­ment Man­agers

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