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Land Registry in Cyprus

The Department of Lands and Surveys, known as the Land Registry in Cyprus, maintains official property ownership records, including details like property size, value, and legal status. It's a vital institution for confirming property titles and facilitating real estate transactions. The registry ensures transparency and security in property dealings.

The Cyprus Department of Lands and Surveys operates eleven offices in total. The Headquarters is located in Lefkosia (Nicosia) and accommodates the Director and other managerial personnel, the Survey, Cartography and Geodesy offices and the Land Information Centre. The island has six District Land Offices (DLOs), with each DLO corresponding to a district.

The DLOs of Keryneia and Ammochostos are located in Paralimni and Nicosia, respectively, after the enactment of a relevant law because the original premises, including land registers and files, have been occupied by Turkish troops since 1974.

Office locations and contact details

Nicosia (Lefkosia) District Land Registry Office

Limassol (Lemesos) District Land Registry Office

Larnaka District Land Registry Office

Pafos District Land Registry Office

Ammochostos District Land Registry Office (Paralimni, Famagusta)

The main functions of the Cyprus Land Registry

  • Registering sales, leases, mortgages, inheritances, and other transactions involving immovable property.
  • Keeping up-to-date records of property ownership, including details like property size, value, and legal status.
  • Calculating and collecting property-related fees and taxes, contributing to the country's fiscal system.
  • Supplying historical ownership records and other relevant information for legal proceedings and due diligence.
  • Offering critical information to resolve disputes over property boundaries and ownership.
  • Creating and maintaining accurate geographical and cadastral data for land use planning, urban development, and environmental management.
  • Ensuring that changes in property ownership are officially registered and legally recognized.
  • Providing a transparent and secure framework for real estate dealings, essential for the stability of the property market.
  • Assisting the judiciary with information and records for cases involving property issues.
  • Serving as a public repository of property records, accessible to various stakeholders like buyers, sellers, and lawyers.

Why the Land Registry is important

The Land Registry in Cyprus is essential for legally transferring property. It provides historical ownership records, crucial for due diligence. Any changes in property ownership must be registered for legal validity. The Land Registry is also important for resolving disputes over property boundaries and ownership. Access to land registry records is important for buyers, sellers, and lawyers.