June 21, 2008

Real Estate and Jamaica


Jamaican Property

Government real estate is owned by the Commission of lands, through the Land Acquisition Act. The Commission is empowered to acquire land either by way of private treaty or compulsory acquisition. Whenever it appears that land in any locality is needed for any public purpose, a notification is published in the Gazette.

Persons whose land the government acquires is entitled to compensation and rehabilitation assistance and it applies not only to legal owners , but also occupants without title or lease who are on the property at the time that notice was given and time of the survey.

Almost all the land is owned by the Government, but the parcels that bears a title under the Commission of lands is not known, because there are no database and there is a lot of land that are crown lands. If an individual wants to acquire land and do not know who is the legal owner, they should:

Find the exact location of this land
Do the necessary research for the legal owner

If the land comes up as owned by the Commission of lands, then they should write a letter stating their claim. Another way land can be acquired is if the property is advertised by the Commission of lands, inviting bids, then one can tender a bid.

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