Expat Cyprus News
Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus
11 Dec at 3 PM 2014
British expats living in Cyprus
are ready to campaign against the UK government’s proposal to stop their winter fuel allowance from next year.
Expats residing in the Mediterranean country have said the eligibility tests that UK citizens have to go through to see if they’re entitled to the winter fuel payments were “unfair and sneaky”.
The UK government announced last year that as of 2015, winter fuel payments would no longer be made to citizens living abroad unless they lived in countries that had an average winter...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2014
The latest financial scandal to rock the expat world has resulted in massive losses due to the activities of commission-hungry rogue salesmen and greedy product providers.
Individual losses range between many hundreds of thousands to pension pots of £100,000 or less, with the staggering total making the collapse of the unregulated LMIM fund one of the most damaging since the 2008 crash. Warnings about the instability of the investment had been circulating online since 2009, when long delays in honouring redemption requests first set...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2014
A recently released survey warns that would-be expats seeking a new life overseas should watch out for hidden hurdles such as tax and currency issues or unfamiliar legalities.
Up to 400,000 Brits emigrate every year, with most citing a more relaxed lifestyle as a major reason for their life-changing decision. However, the survey revealed that it’s not the most alien destinations as regards language and culture which cause the most stress – it’s mostly all-time favourite English-speaking countries such as Australia and the...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2014
Financial advisors providing QROPS pension transfers to expat investors are fearful that the UK’s HMRC is planning to suspend India’s position as a QROPS jurisdiction.
Alarms were raised in the sector after the authority rushed out a revised list of QROPS just days after the regular list was issued. On the new list, five previously authorised India-based QROPS were shown as suspended.
Since the beginning of 2013, 19 India QROPS have been marked as suspended, leaving just seven of the original 26 pensions still able to accept UK...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014
The international real estate sector has traditionally been a favourite with expat property investors, but it’s anyone’s guess which locations will perform best over the long term.
Over the past year, the UK housing market has seen soaring gains, with many expat investors eager to cash in on buy-to-let opportunities before they are priced out of the market. As the year draws to a close, many are finding they can’t afford properties in areas already saturated with foreign buyers, and are looking overseas to find the next hotspot....
11 Aug at 6 PM 2014
Following the revelation that a large number of expats all over the world are cheating on UK welfare payments, investigations are now involving over 100 Brits in Cyprus
It seems that UK expats living in the Mediterranean’s favourite lifestyle hubs are taking advantage of welfare benefits to which they are not entitled. According to the Department of Work and Pensions, benefit fraud is costing the UK some £82 million every year.
The latest expat destination to be investigated is Cyprus
, with 126 Britons now being asked...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2014
Changes in the Spanish tax regime have sent thousands of British expats scurrying back to the UK, only to be replaced by hordes of emigrating Russians.
According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, the total number of foreigners resident in Spain dropped by an impressive half a million last year, firmly establishing the returnee trend. The massive reduction isn’t all down to emigration, as almost half a million expats gained Spanish citizenship in 2013.
However, it’s obvious to businesses serving the UK expat...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2014
Although life in the UK is undoubtedly harder and more expensive than when they left, 2013’s trickle of Brits leaving Spain has turned into a flood.
Since last year’s new law made it compulsory for expats to declare all their overseas assets, the size of the British expat community in Spain has decreased by 23 per cent, with German and French diasporas reducing their communities by 23 and 12 per cent respectively. According to returning Brits, no-one trusts the Spanish tax agency, and many more are simply failing to register and...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2014
The ongoing scandal concerning mis-sold mortgages on expat homes in Cyprus
has affected thousands of property owners on the island, but now looks as if it’s coming to an end.
Rather than risk a UK High Court judgment against them, the Cypriot
Alpha Bank and a consortium of 20 property developers have settled all claims. The good news came just a day before the court hearing was due to begin, leaving the thousands of expats terrified of losing their homes hoping the nightmare is over.
According to lawyers, part of the settlement...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2014
Cost of living considerations are one of the most important aspects of deciding on the perfect place to live outside your home country.
Whether you’re moving overseas for work or retirement, balancing the cost of living in your chosen country with your financial status is essential, and doesn’t necessarily rest on average prices experienced whilst on holiday. In spite of the single European market place, everyday costs vary country to country and even between conurbations and rural regions.
Most surveys focus on specific wealth...