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Real Estate

02 August 2019
George Ioannou Supreme Court rejects administrative recourse challenging compulsory acquisition notice

Cyprus - George Z Georgiou & Associates LLC

The Supreme Court recently rejected a first-instance rejection of a property owner's request for the return of land that had been compulsorily acquired by the state in 1977. The applicant claimed that the land was not being used for one of the acquisition's original purposes. However, the court found that as the applicant had taken no measures against the initial acquisition, he could not call it into question after 35 years by relying on the broadness of the stated purposes.

Authors: George Ioannou, Alex Themis
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Michael Lips Impact of lakefront public footpaths on landowners' rights

Switzerland - Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

According to federal planning principles, the cantons and municipalities must guarantee free public access to lakesides and riverbanks. However, some cantons have not yet implemented the required legislation, not least because of objections from private landowners. This article outlines the applicable federal legal framework and highlights examples of its implementation by two cantons.

Authors: Michael Lips, Larissa Rickenbacher
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