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Rent control amendment of the property in Cyprus.

Cyprus’ Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the rent control law making it easier for landlords to evict tenants who fall into arrears or deliberately don’t pay their dues ( the agree rent amount of the property according to the rent aggreement)

A majority of MPs backed the bill with 31 votes in favour, 15 against and two abstentions.

The House voted in the bill which will reform the law regulating out-of-court settlements in disputes over property rental agreements

The law proposal was tabled by three ruling DISY MPs to fast track cases in which tenants do not keep to their side of the rent agreement.

Now the process could take weeks rather than years to secure eviction of a bad tenant that he don't pay the rent of the property

The amendment of the  law of the tenant do not pay the rent of his property  is not retrospective or has any effect over cases which are currently disputed in a court of law.

According to the head of the House Legal Committee George Georgiou, “tenants who deliberately do not pay their rents will no longer be able to remain on the property indefinitely without facing legal consequences”.

AKEL MP Aristos Damianou said under the law, landlords have the right to begin the eviction process even if the tenant has just one rent payment delayed for more than 21 days.

“After the landlord files his case, tenants will have 14 days to pay their debts(rents) in order to terminate the eviction process.

Otherwise,  if the tenant continue not pay the due rent of the property , then the judge will rule to issue an eviction order within 24 hours. Once the decree is issued the tenant  that did not pay the due rent of the property  will then have 90 days to deliver the property to the landlord,” said Damianou.

DIKO MP Christiana Erotokritou said the current state of affairs allows people to live on someone else’s property without paying their rents ( dues)

“The new law will compel tenants as soon as they pay the rent of the property to ask for receipts, thus contributing to the fight against tax evasion,” she said.

Erotokritou said that MPs voted in a clause proposed by DIKO to help tenants who for some reason are unable to pay their rent of the property according to the tenancy aggrement before the law came into force.

The amendment gives them the right, instead of being evicted within three months, to be able, if they wish, to repay the tenants   due rents  according to the tenancy agreement of the property within a period of 12 months and continue to pay the rent on time.

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