The Immovable Property Commission (IPC) North Cyprus
What is The (IPC) Immovable Property Commission North Cyprus?
The immovable Property Commission North Cyprus was established with the aim of
forming an internal-law procedure for the property issue, which is one of the
key issues of the Cyprus problem, formed in accordance with the "Law for the
Compensation Exchange and Restitution of Immovable Properties", within the scope
of Article 159 of the Constitution in 2005 and is responsible to implement the
IPC North Cyprus was set up under the Immovable Property Law (number 67/2005) in
accordance with the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of
Xenides-Arestis v.Turkey. Following the ruling on the case of Demopulos
vs.Turkey and seven other cases at the European Court of Human Rights on 5th
In a landmark decision the European Court of Human Rights has strongly supported
the role of the Immovable Property Commission TRNC (IPC) in dealing with
disputes in relation to property in the North Cyprus, a move which could pave
the way for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem. The European Court
of Human Rights upheld that the Immovable Property Commission TRNC (Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus) was an accessible and effective local remedy for
all persons seeking redress and is therefore an appropriate forum for deciding
on complex matters of property ownership, valuation and assessing financial
IPC North Cyprus officially began it's activities on 17th March 2006, upon the
appointment of its President, Vice-President and members by the Supreme Council
of Judicature among persons nominated by the President of the Turkish Republic
of Northern Cyprus. The Commission consists of Mrs. Sümer Erkmen, President, Mr.
Güngör Günkan, Vice-President, Mr. Ayfer Erkmen, Mr. Hans C. Kruger, Mr. Romans
Mapolar, and Mr. Daniel Tarschys, members.
The purpose of the Immovable Property Commission North Cyprus is to establish an
effective domestic solution for claims relating to any abandoned properties in
the (TRNC) Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus after the troubles in 1974.
IPC North Cyprus examines and identifies any claims for restitution, exchange
and compensation according to the provisions of the law 67/2005. Considerations
are primarily based on bi-zonality and bi communality which have been the main
elements of the 1977 - 1979 High Level Agreements along with plans for a
settlement of the Cyprus Issue prepared by the United nations.
IPC aims to resolve and satisfy the legitimate claims of property owners without
prejudice to the rights of the Turkish Cypriot Community. As of mid-2010
Immovable Property Commission North Cyprus has completed 113 of the 641
applicants that were lodged by way of friendly settlement and four through a
formal hearing. Furthermore, IPC has ruled for exchange and compensation in two
cases, for restitution and compensation in five cases and one case for
restitution. A further case has been delivered with a decision for restitution
after the settlement of the Cyprus Issue and one case has been ruled for partial
IPC North Cyprus seeks to be an effective, just and fast solution for property
claims. Furthermore the Immovable Property Commission North Cyprus purports to
contribute to the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus Issue.
To find out more about the IPC, please do not hesitate to contact us at