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Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB) – News Update 25th April 2014

Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB)

 News Update 25th April 2014

The following has been received from Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB) and we are sharing this news with our readers so they have a better understanding of the discussions that have taken place between MNCB and the TRNC Government and the progress that has been achieved to date.

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Rapid Progress on Consultation with MNCB

Proposals on Residency. Property & Contract Law.

MNCB would like to express appreciation to all members of HBPG, STBM, BRS, ATA, TFR and others who have expressed support for these efforts to bring North Cyprus Processes in line with international standards. The combined support has been invaluable in helping us make the progress to date.

In addition to direct email and press releases, in the interests of good communication, we will be pleased if groups will circulate this latest briefing to their members who have an interest in Residency, Property & Legal matters.

As part of ongoing engagements with key Governments figures, discussions between MNCB have moved on this week with further consultations involving the Task Force and the Prime Minister’s Office. The issues being progressed are the culmination of three years of campaigning much of it below the Radar..

The proposals now being put into final draft, will be put before representatives of the Bar and Attorney General’s Office before presenting the completed version to the Prime Minister, with a recommendation for submission to the Council of Ministers with a view to early enactment.

They include:

Residency
Proposals now include issuing a white card to permanent Residents which will entitle them to all benefits of Citizenship other than voting.

The qualification details have yet to be finalised but will include 5 years Residency stamps plus income and investment in property and/or bank deposit qualification. It is currently proposed that after a short qualifying period, Medical tests for European Residents will be abolished. Different conditions will apply to work permits.

Permission to Purchase
It is proposed that discussions will take place between the Prime Minister’s Office and top Military authorities with a view to removing property ownership restrictions other than those bordering on the Green Line.

Property Law Amendment
Proposals are being made to amend the Property Law 11/78 to make it quite clear that stealth Mortgages are illegal, mortgages only cover what is expressly stated and that purchasers rights are fully protected by contract.

Contract Law
A Specific Performance amendment is proposed to make performance of contracted conditions mandatory.

One Stop Help Shop
Following on from the speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ozdil Nami, the Interior Minister is also considering proposals about introducing bilingual help desks to help expatriates with North Cyprus procedures.

Progress continues with the aim of introducing these changes over the next few months. There are still some questions which need resolving with regard to legal issues relating to how retroactive certain measures can be.

We all know that nothing is certain until it happens but recent moves are the most encouraging to date. We are keeping our fingers crossed for tangible measures to be announced shortly.

Further Enquiries to:

Malcolm Mitcheson at mmitcheson@aol.com or Gultac Oszan at g.ozsan@yahoo.com

Joint Secretaries MNCB

Editors note:

For the clarification of our readers the following organisations were refered to in the first paragraph of this news briefing.

HBPG – Home Buyers Pressure Group.

STBM – Stop The Blackmail Movement.

BRS – British Residents Society.

ATA – Anglo Turkish Association.

TFR  – The Foreign Residents in the TRNC.

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9 replies »

  1. These draft laws have been in the pipeline for a while. When can we expect ratification and see them in the Gazette? Where will the “onestop” help shop be located. Will this undermine or support HBPG whose efforts have been equally if not more helpful so far than the MNCB?

  2. Is there anything in the pipeline that will force developers to transfer title deeds once a site is finished and all properties have been sold. We have been waiting over 8 years for our deeds.

    • An interesting question Avril but we will have to wait until discussions are concluded and the TRNC Government make their news known though groups like Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB)

  3. Well done MNCB? with all of your efforts.
    I would like to ask if the MNCB are aware of serious problems concerning apartment complexes.
    This involves sites management companies who manage complexes without fair policies procedures in place.
    In the North so many apartment sites are having no choice in Management companies who manage sites without first winning a legal contract to manage these sites.
    These management companies not all but most are usually placed on site by original developers leaving owners on site no choice in the running of the site in which many actually own
    No legal bodies or any legal frame work are in place yet these sites involve thousands of people paying local council taxes to TRNC economy.
    I would like to ask
    Are the MNCB aware of this growing problem ?
    Could the MNCB assist in any way shape or form ?

    • Sorry for the delay in reply Bill I was trying to help by seeing what I could find out for you.

      Clearly MNCB are aware of these issues as well as many others but as you may know it can take a long time to research, lobby and get a solution to problems here in North Cyprus but having said that some positive progress is being made.

      I think we will need to wait and see what news becomes available in the months ahead and you may wish to monitor the Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB) website yourself which is

  4. Hi Chris.

    It’s great to see some progress and I applaud MNCB for their great work-do you have an update please?