This is not something that has happened overnight this has been happening for years. That is why there are over 40,000 expats waiting for the there title deeds. It is very naive of you to think that this only happens in Larnaca. Do you really think that 40,000 expats waiting for title deeds all live in Larnaca. There seems to be too many people particularly on this sight that have a them and us menatality between the east and the west of Cyprus ie Paphos and Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Protaras. If you really think it is all a bed of roses over and no one has been effected by similar circumstances then you are greatly mistaken. I know people from all over the island that have been effected by corruption from government officials, developers and lawyers. Of coarse not every single person on the island is like this but people need to be warned and no the dangers before buying in Cyprus. I have travelled and lived all over the world also.
As for accepting that it is the "Cyprus " way, I've never heard anything so riduclous in my life. If you think it is acceptable for people to be handing over tens and or hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash for property in good faith that they don't technically own and could lose because developers are remortgaging the land or because of governments officials not having a clue what to do then you are sadly mistaken. If I help at least one person from going through some of the problems I have encountered then it is worth telling them about the problems they may encounter.
As anywhere else you live in the world you have to accept the rules in the country where you in fact are a guest. If anyone a UK citizen should know how it works. I am 100 % sure that you would not agree to change 1 of your stupid UK laws because a group of Cypriots told you that the system is stupid.
I agree with you that the Title Deed and mortgage system is not good and have to be changed
And if I was to hand over that sum of money I would be 100% sure how it will work. If I dont find that out, and its well known, then I have my self to blaim in a way.
And ofc there is crooked people in this business as in any other business, but that is a worldwide phenomena. Believe me I have seen much worse examples during the last 25 years of living abroad. Spain, Greece, The Canary Islands are all good examples of the problem. In fact, one of the biggest svindlers were from UK, John Palmer
The way to not get problems is to prepare yourself. Read, listen to them who has done this before, take references etc. This forum is a good example of where you can get good information
We will soon buy a house in Cyprus. I am not at all afraid getting scammed because I know I have made my homework. It has taken time but it will be worth every cent. Now I just look forward to soon be able to make the last move in my life and start to enjoy the Cyprus way of life
If you have had a bad experience I feel sorry for you as for all others that have problems.
But again, never forget you come as a guest to another culture, a culture that have goods and bads. If you cant accept that and adjust to it then you are in the wrong place