THE consumer association on Friday said sunbeds cannot be booked in advance and announced the maximum price operators can charge for beds and umbrellas.
Reservations cannot be made for equipment on public beaches, especially when people are being charged up to €25 for this, their announcement said.
George Frangeskou, who is in charge of the beach equipment in Larnaca, told the Cyprus Mail that it is important to make sure that the public knows that this practice is illegal and has always been so.
“Of course, someone who has rented a bed doesn’t have to stay on it all day, but can leave for a while,” he said, adding that the rental is for the whole day.
There is a problem with sunbeds due to the demand, especially at weekends, he explained. According to Frangeskou, Larnaca municipality will receive 700 new beds and 350 umbrellas at the end of this month to help solve the problem.
The lack of beds does not mean people can be charged any amount for them, the consumer association warned. The maximum is €2.50 per item per day and people are urged to ask for a receipt to avoid misunderstanding. Only in private areas such as in hotel gardens or at swimming pools can the price be determined by the owner.
All beaches can be used for free in Cyprus, and municipalities can only charge for equipment. However, at public beaches tourists and residents can also bring their own items and are not forced to use what the municipalities and communities offer for rent.
Municipalities are obliged to make sure that 50 per cent of the beach is vacant. The law states that on a space of 16 square metres, only two sunbeds and one umbrella can be placed. The local authorities are also responsible for cleanliness on the beaches and have to provide the necessary sanitary facilities.
Anybody who has evidence of overcharging can inform the Central Beach Committee by sending a fax to 22-677230, to the municipality of the area where the beach is located or to the municipalities’ union by calling 22-445170.