Renting your property in Cyprus


Earning Rental Income from Cyprus Property? What You Need to Know

When renting (as a landlord) property situated in Cyprus for the purpose of earning rental income, several tax implications arise which you need to be aware of.

To begin with, its good to distinguish between A. short-term renting (e.g., via platforms such as Airbnb,, etc.), and B. long-term renting (i.e., the usual ‘passive’ type of renting).

A – Short-term renting of Cyprus property

There is no formal description in our tax law as to what ‘short-term renting’ means. As per current practice and recent Tax Circular (10/2023), short-term renting occurs when the property is rented out using online platforms (e.g., Airbnb,, etc), on a short-term basis, and to different tenants. Who pays the utility bills (electricity, water, internet, etc.) also plays an important role (if landlord pays it’s a strong indication of short-term renting).

A.1 Income Tax (IT)

Taxable rental income (profit) refers to the gross income received from the short-term renting after deducting any allowable expenses, i.e. expenses closely related to the acquisition, maintenance and renting out of the property.

Such expenses include maintenance costs for the property, fees paid to persons responsible for the management of the property, utility bills, interest expense on loan for the acquisition of the property, etc. 

The ‘tax-free bracket’ is currently set at EUR 19.500, meaning that taxable rental income up to EUR 19.500 is exempt from IT. Anything over and above EUR 19.500 is progressively taxed between 20% to 35%. Property owners (regardless of their tax-residency Country) with taxable income above EUR 19.500 are therefore required to submit a Cyprus tax form once a year to declare such income and pay IT in Cyprus.

A.2 General Health System Contributions (GHS or ‘Gesy’)

Short-term renting is subject to Gesy, with the current rate at 2.65% of the taxable rental income (capped at EUR 180.000), payable by the property owner every six months (30 June and 31 December) via tax portal.

This applies to both Cyprus and non-Cyprus tax resident property owners.

A.3 Value Added Tax (VAT)

Short-term renting property owners in Cyprus have an obligation for VAT registration if their turnover (i.e. gross income) from renting exceeds EUR 15,600. VAT registration implies obligation to charge the tenants 9% VAT (i.e. reduced VAT rate) on the rent amount agreed.

There is an option to voluntarily register for VAT (i.e. even if gross revenue does not exceed the EUR15.600 threshold). This is typically done when a taxpayer wants to claim back VAT on expenses incurred (such as renovation costs).

VAT returns are submitted every three months with the submission deadline being 40 days from the last day of each VAT period.

B – Long-term renting of Cyprus property

Again, there is no formal description in our tax law as to what ‘long-term renting’ means. In our view, long-term renting occurs when Cyprus property is rented out on a long-term (‘’passive’) basis, the property owner signs a long-term (i.e. 12 months or more) agreement (contract) with the tenant, utilities are paid by the tenant (not the landlord), there is no online platform involved in the process, etc.

B.1 Income Tax

Taxable rental income for income tax purposes is calculated as gross rental income received, reduced by:

  • a fixed percentage of 20% on gross rental income received (irrespective of the amount of actual expenses incurred)
  • wear and tear allowances over an estimated useful life of the building of 33 year (cost of land should be excluded in the calculation)
  • interest expense on loan taken out to finance the acquisition of the property (if applicable)

Income tax brackets are the same as A.1 above and same obligations exist.

B.2 General Health System Contributions (GHS or ‘Gesy’)

Same as A.1 above.

B.3 Special Defense Contribution (SDC)

Cyprus tax resident and domiciled individuals renting out a property in Cyprus on a long-term basis have an obligation to pay Special Defense Contribution (SDC) at the effective rate of 2.25% (i.e. 3% on 70% of the income) of gross rental income earned.

This should be paid by the property owner every six months (30th  June and 31st December), assuming that the tenant is an individual (not a company), via the tax portal.

‘Non-domiciled’ persons are exempt form SDC. Individuals who are ‘non-domicled’ in Cyprus should apply for a ‘non-dom’ certificate to confirm the exemption. More information about Cyprus’ non-dom regime here.