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The National Land Agency (NLA) issued 6,292 new titles during the 2012/13 fiscal year, as the Government continued efforts to put the important document into the hands of Jamaicans.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his recent Sectoral presentation in the House of Representatives.

He informed that the NLA during the last fiscal year, also brought 1,022 new Certificates of Title under the operation of the Registration of Titles Act; registered 45,928 dealings on existing titles; and checked 17,562 survey plans.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hayles said there are 8,044 Certificates of Title in the name of the Commissioner of Lands, and 975 certificates in the names of the purchasers, some of whom have died or cannot be located.

He said that Probate Unit of the NLA was established to deal with these estate matters in land settlement schemes and the unit has been assisting the beneficiaries of the deceased land settlement allottees to acquire ownership of these lands.

There are 344 land settlement schemes island-wide comprising approximately 50,000 lots.

“Currently, 17,000 lots are yet to be titled and are at various stages of the process, that is, they either need to be surveyed and or need subdivision approval from the parish councils,” Mr. Hayles informed.

Contact: Chris Patterson

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