Changes in rent law provides eviction process within 35 days

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Parliament is due to approve a Friday update to the rent control law allowing for landlords to evict a tenant who fall into arrears or deliberately fail to pay their duties.

The House will vote on a bill to change the legislation governing out – of-court settlements of property rental disputes.

The bill, tabled by DISY MPs Nikos Nouris, George Georgiou, Efthymios Diplaros and Marios Mavrides, is anticipated to settle cases where tenants do not keep their side of the agreement in months rather than years.

The law will not be retrospective or affect cases currently in litigation.

According to House Legal Committee Head George Georgiou, “tenants who deliberately don’t pay their rent will no longer be able to live on the property indefinitely without legal consequences.”

AKEL MP Aristos Damianou clarified that, with the proposed law, the landlord is entitled to begin the eviction process even if the tenant has only one rent payment postponed for over 21 days.

“When landlord files his complaint, tenants will have 14 days to pay their debts to complete the eviction process.

Otherwise, the judge must order an eviction within 24 hours. Once the decree is released, the tenant has 90 days to deliver the property to the landlord, “Damianou said.

DIKO MP Christiana Erotokritou said the current situation allows people to live on someone else’s land without paying their duties.

“The new law will also require tenants to seek receipts to help fight tax evasion,” she said.

Erotokritou welcomed the fact that the new law predicts electronically delivering eviction notices.