It has been interesting reading these threads, but also have to agree that property swindling is global.John Palmer is only one of many British scum bags who have swindled their fellow Brits. We have had several of them working here in Cyprus, Andrew Nolan, Ian Beaumont, Darragh McAnthony are just some examples.
These people are parasites who prey on others and when things get too hot they run off and start again in another country.
One project that has been in the news is Paradise Hills which was covered on the TV programme holiday homes fromn hell. The programme failed to mention that the 'developers' were in fact Brits and left people assuming that it was Cypriots.
One of the partners was a British Born Cypriot while the others were a husband and wife who were British. One of the partners in fact ended up in jail for drug dealing. The scum of the earth.
I have a good friend in the UK, she is very astute, she and her Turkish husband bought an apartment in Turkey which they used, only to get a phone call one day from a neighbour to tell them all their belongings were outside in a heap.
The solicitor who dealt with their purchase had moved in.
Years later the issue is not resloved, they appeared on TV on Holidays Homes From Hell, they have a London lawyer acting for them, when they were purchasing, they were told that because the husband was Turkish, some of the paperwork was irrelevant.
I think the moral is 'Trust No-one', not even your own countryman, better to have recommendations from others.
I did a house swap 18 months ago, we had four lawyers involved, the 2 Brits I knew well, I worked with one, my Cypriot lawyer was highly recommended, the other Cypriot lawyer was a pain, holding things up, getting docs wrong. I was relieved when it was finalised.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND GET RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OTHERS.