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GUYANA | Authorities move to repossess lands by private developers

Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) chief executive officer, Lelon Saul Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) chief executive officer, Lelon Saul
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 13, CMC – The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) says it will soon repossess lands from private developers and house lot beneficiaries, who have breached their agreements as it paves the way for the development of more low and middle-income housing solutions for Guyana.

CH&PA chief executive officer, Lelon Saul, said that the authority is set to go after those developers, who acquired vast tracts of lands under the previous administration, but have since failed to develop them.  “We are currently engaging these developers. We are encouraging them to develop those lands, to live up to the agreement of sale, and I should say that in some cases it is likely that we would move to repossess some of those lands,” Saul told reporters.

Lelon Saul
Lelon Saul

He said that many of these private developers still owed CH&PA money and this would make it easier for the authority to repossess the lands.

“I can tell you that I would have instructed our corporate secretary to initiate actions to repossess lands from private developers who have failed to deliver.”

CH&PA said it has also forwarded many of the developers’ agreements to the Attorney General’s Chambers for legal consideration before engaging the other defaulters.

CH&PA’s corporate secretary, Hannifah Jordan said that the agreements were reviewed in two batches, one for discrepancies and two towards strengthening the document.

“When we review the agreements, there were two batches, the batches that were done in 2010- 2011 and the set that was done in 2013 and beyond. There were issues regarding the strengthening of those agreements and that is why the agreement in 2013 and beyond had additional penalties and conditions to cater for us in terms of whether you wanted to repossess or penalise the developer,” Jordan said.

The CH&PA said it is also targeting persons, who, in an attempt to defraud the system obtained more than one government house lot.

“Sometime you find instances, where persons change their names (to obtain a lot) or they use another name or they are already married to someone and our policies say that if you are married or not if your spouse, should own then you are not eligible to the government’s housing programme,” said CH&PA’s operation director, Denise King-Tudor.

“Sometime you find instances, where persons change their names (to obtain a lot) or they use another name or they are already married to someone and our policies say that if you are married or not if your spouse, should own then you are not eligible to the government’s housing programme,” King-Tudor explained.

  • Countries: Guyana