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Nicosia Municipality to fine owners of dangerous buildings

December 10, 2019 at 10:08am
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Nicosia Municipality will fine owners of dangerous buildings who fail to take corrective measures, it said in an announcement on Tuesday.

It comes in the wake of the collapse of old, uninhabited buildings within the walled city earlier this year.

An uninhabited two storey house  within the walled city of Nicosia collapsed in February and the wall of an abandoned house in old Nicosia collapsed in March. The municipality had said at the time that it takes legal action against owners but that procedures are protracted. The administrative fines now being introduced are seen as increasing pressure on owners to act.

In an announcement, the municipality said that the municipal council had examined the issue of dangerous buildings and decided to impose administrative fines on the owners of buildings that have been declared dangerous and who refuse to carry out repairs.

The fine will be imposed in line with the law and instructions of the Interior Ministry, it added.

The municipality has decided on three categories of buildings:

Category 1: The violation concerns a dangerous building with small  damage. A fine of €5000 and an additional fine of up to €100 for every day of the continued violation

Category 2: The violation concerns a dangerous building with extensive damage but without there being a risk of collapse. A fine of €5000 to €13,000 and an additional fine of up to €150 for every day of the continued violation

Category 3: The violation concerns a dangerous building at visible risk of collapse. A fine of €13,000 and an additional fine of up to €200 for every day of the continued violation

The municipality urged owners of all buildings that fall under the above categories to take prompt action to repair them to avoid a fine.

Further details are available on the website of Nicosia Municipality

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