Do you want to rent a house in Cyprus? Are you planning to purchase real estate? If so, then you might find this article of great use.
What is the average cost of water and electricity in Cyprus? How do you make the payment? How often can you expect to get a bill? What other costs might you incur? Who pays for gas and garbage removal and who takes care of other communal needs? Keep reading if you want to learn the answers to these questions.
Electricity in Cyprus
The Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) — is an institution that provides electricity and controls the cost of electricity services in Cyprus.
What do you need to know about paying an electricity bill in Cyprus?
Your electricity consumption is calculated in kilowatts and the bills arrive every two months. If you want to be billed every month, you have to call EAC to request that (this is especially convenient for those who like to plan their monthly budget). In addition to your electricity usage, the bill includes a fixed fee and a tax. There are several rates – domestic, commercial and industrial. To find out more about their difference, please visit EAC’s website.
Factoring in the fees and the taxes, the domestic rate averages around 0.2 euros per 1 kilowatt. If you use large amounts of electricity, this rate will be lower.
The bill will arrive by mail or email (if you request it). You can pay in cash, check or using a credit card at your bank, ATM, EAC office and online. If you want to pay online, you have to first register at www.jccsmart.com and keep paying all your bills using their system.
If you rent a place or have purchased a previously owned piece of real estate in Cyprus…
If you rent a place or have purchased a previously owned piece of real estate in Cyprus, you will need to transfer the account under your name. The account must obviously be in good standing. Only then you will be able to take over it.
To do that, you must personally visit EAC’s office and show the following:
- A rental contract or a deed (if you have purchased a property)
- A deposit (the amount will differ for citizens of the EU and also depends on whether or not you rent or own). For non-EU citizens, the deposit is around 200 euros, while for those who have purchased a place it will be around 50 euros.
If you decided to purchase newly built real estate…
If you decided to purchase newly built real estate and ran into problems while trying to set up electricity service, don’t worry! Your developer will most likely help you fix that, but just in case, these are a few things you need to know.
So, how do you set up electricity service at your new place?
You will have to visit one of the EAC’s service centers and bring your documents. EAC will have to inspect your electrical equipment. Each property is assigned an 11-digit identification number, which remains the same even if the owner changes. This is a number used for billing.
These are the documents you will have to bring with you, when you go to the EAC offices:
- A filled out application form 13 (can be found on the website)
- A photo ID
- A deed or a rental contract
- Construction license
- A plot plan with a county seal
- An architectural plan of the first floor and the basement (if needed)
- If the building doesn’t have access to a public road, you will need to provide an official document proving there is a private road leading to it
- A deposit – the amount will differ for citizens of the EU and also depends on whether or not you rent or own. For non-EU citizens, the deposit is around 50 euros
Who do you call if you have additional questions?
Call the 1800 support line, if you have any questions. You can also call this number to find out the outstanding balance on your account, by providing its 11-digit number. This is really useful if you want to move out and need to know if there is any payment due.
Water in Cyprus
The Cyprus Water Development Department handles water supply services and has a branch in every area of the island that oversees local service rates.
What you need to know about paying your water bill
Meter readings are performed every month and you are billed every quarter. The bill will be mailed to your house. You can pay in cash, check or using a credit card at a bank, ATM, company office or online. If you want to pay online, you’ll have to first register at www.jccsmart.com, following which you will be able to pay all your bills using this easy online service.
Your water rates will depend on where you live. As an example, you can view the rates for Limassol here.
The average rate is 0,9 euro per 1 square meter. The more water you use, the lower your rate.
How to transfer ownership of an account
In order to transfer ownership of an account you will have to first make sure that there is no payment due on this account.
Please visit your local Water Department office and bring the following documents:
- A deed or a rental contract
- A deposit– the amount will differ for citizens of the EU and also depends on whether or not you rent or own. For non-EU citizens, who rent, the deposit is around 250 euros (in Limassol), for those who own, it is 50 euros. However, this amount will also depend on where you live.
Getting your water meter connected
You can have your water meter connected by visiting your local Water Department office and bringing the following documentation:
- Passport and proof of residence
- Previous water bill
- Sales contract (for newly built properties)
Who to call if you have questions
- The Water Board of Lemesos (Limassol) Tel: 25 830 000
- The Water Board of Nicosia Tel: 22 698 000
- The Water Board of Larnaca Tel: 24 822 400
- The Water Board of Ammochostos Tel: 23 821 323
Visit this website, to find out more.
Something to keep in mind if you own a gas stove in Cyprus: gas is sold in cylinders at kiosks and supermarkets. The price is approximately 10-12 euros for 10 kg. For a single-person household this will usually last 4-5 months.
If you have a gas cylinder that is running out, you can bring it to a local supermarket to have it exchanged.
You will have to pay a deposit of 40 euros when purchasing your first cylinder.
Communal expenses and garbage
Every October you will be billed for communal expenses, which include garbage removal and cleaning fees. The costs will depend on the size of your property. For example a 50-sqm space will cost you 150 euros. In most cases your rental cost will already include these expenses, but there are exceptions, of course.
Emergency numbers and who to call if you have a service disruption or an accident
Water: 90 901 430