Leases and Rental Agreements

Understand the different elements of the tenancy agreement and the obligations of the landlord and tenant when renting property in Cyprus...

Rental laws in Cyprus are pro-tenant.

Signing the lease

Before signing the lease it is important to clarify:
  • the duration of the lease
  • whether the lease can be renewed
  • the amount of the deposit and under what conditions it is refundable
  • which utilities are included
  • whether the landlord can raise the rent after the initial rental period is over
  • who else has keys to the property
It may also be helpful to confirm whether subletting is allowed, whether permission is required to make superficial changes, whether pets and smoking is allowed and whether parking available. The renter may insist that a formal lease agreement in English be drafted and signed, laying down the agreement and the renter's rights. All concessions made to the renter or repairs promised should be included, with an appendix stating the current condition of the property, furniture, and fittings. The landlord should confirm, in writing, any additions to the contract as well as the termination of the contract itself. A copy of the landlord’s signed agreement should be kept in a safe place throughout the occupancy.

Terminating the lease

Only the tenant has the right to terminate the contract. The notice period should be specified in the contract - typically, one or two months' notice is required. If the renter must leave prior to the expiration of the contract, they are obliged to find another tenant or pay the full rent for the period, provided that the flat remains un-rented. If the landlord rejects three potential tenants presented by the departing renter, the renter has the right to terminate and leave within the regular notice period. Rent Control Laws make the eviction of statutory tenant difficult except in three cases:
  • Where the tenant has failed to pay the rent.
  • Where the landlord needs the house for themselves, family members or dependent parents.
  • Where the landlord intends to demolish and reconstruct the house, or conduct substantial alterations or reconstruction.