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Protest on Sunday at presidential palace over spiralling rents

Under the the amendment property owners will be able to evict tenants far more easily

A protest seeking to draw in indignant residents from all cities in view of spiralling rents and their consequences is set to take place on Sunday outside the presidential palace.

The protest, scheduled for 3pm, aims to inform the public of their rights according to the constitution and to the European Convention on Human Rights, according to the organisers, among whom is the Limassol-based movement for the right to shelter.

Every individual deserves a better future, the organisers say, and the state is obliged to offer decent living conditions and equal treatment.

Earlier in the week lawmakers harangued the government for not doing enough to support vulnerable people as housing becomes ever more unaffordable due to rising rents.

The average rent in Limassol for a single-bedroom flat, where the tenants are typically college students, was €590. In Nicosia, it averaged out at €560.

The House interior committee heard that during 2017 the average price of flat rentals islandwide went up by 12.5 per cent; in Limassol prices soared by as much as 25 per cent.

During the same year, the average increase in house rentals increased by 9.2 per cent across the country, and by 10.20 per cent in Limassol.

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