The Property Development Scheme (PDS)
The Property Development Scheme (PDS) has replaced since August 2015 the IRS and RES schemes in Mauritius.
The Property Development Scheme (PDS), which has replaced the IRS and RES, allows the development of a mix of residences for sale to non-citizens, citizens and members of the Mauritian Diaspora. The PDS is basically an integrated project with social dimensions for the benefit of the neighbouring community and allows for the development and sale of high standing residential units mainly to foreigners.
What the scheme provides?
The PDS provides the following:
• the development of luxurious residential units on freehold land of an extent of at least 0.4220 hectare (1 arpent)
• the development of at least six (6) residential properties of high standing;
• high quality public spaces that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community;
• high-class leisure, commercial amenities and facilities intended to enhance the residential units;
• day-to-day management services to residents including security, maintenance, gardening, solid waste disposal and household services; and
• social contribution in terms of social amenities, community development and other facilities for the benefit of the community.
A non-citizen is eligible for a residence permit upon the purchase of a villa under the PDS scheme when he has invested more than USD 500,000 or its equivalent in any freely convertible foreign currency.
The PDS is also a demarcation from the IRS and RES in as much as it does not differentiate between small and big landowners and harmonizes the registration duty to a single rate of 5% instead of USD 70,000 on registration of a deed under IRS and USD 25,000 under RES.