Foreigners have the possibility to acquire the property in full ownership in Mauritius as part of an investment project. They can acquire a residence under the Property Development Scheme (PDS), or a suite in a hotel program under the Invest Hotel Scheme (IHS)
Two schemes are offered to foreigners to invest in real estate:
The PDS (Property Development Scheme)
Since June 2015, the Mauritian government has decided to harmonize the regulation of real estate laws within a single legal framework, the PDS (Property Development Scheme), allowing both Mauritian citizens and foreign investors to fully own their property .
The PDS, the only legal framework now in force, replaces the two previous regimes: the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) and the Real Estate Scheme (RES). These two types of programs were distinguished mainly by the size, fittings and selling prices of the real estate project:
The Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS)
This system allowed foreign investors (natural persons and legal entities) to acquire luxury villas or residences with high-quality infrastructures (golf courses, marinas, swimming pools, restaurants, sports complexes). The minimum investment amount was EUR 390,000. It automatically conferred residence permits
The RES (Real Estate Scheme)
The scheme was open to foreign and local investors (natural and legal persons) for small-scale (4 to 10 hectares) real estate projects with a minimum purchase price of EUR 200 000. It did not automatically confer a residence permit.
The PDS does not impose a minimum purchase price to allow the foreign investor to benefit from Mauritian tax benefits. As with the old IRS and RES schemes, the investor receives a residence permit if the amount of his investment exceeds USD 500,000.
Only recognized real estate developers with real expertise in the trade can develop PDS real estate projects. In addition, their project must be environmentally friendly and fit seamlessly with neighboring Mauritian habitat. The ecological aspect is taken into consideration: green spaces, infrastructures favoring good ventilation, solar panels, water recovery … are necessary elements for obtaining building permits under the new PDS scheme.
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