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  • Government is amending the Facilities for Titles Act, so that Certificates of Compliance can be used to give landowners some documentary proof of ownership.
  • LAMP II has completed over 6,016 surveys of land parcels, of which 3,025 have been found to be in need of amendment to the valuation roll.
  • These have been submitted to the Commissioner of Lands to have the valuation roll updated to enable land owners to pay property taxes based on the particular area of land they owned.

Government is amending the Facilities for Titles Act, so that Certificates of Compliance can be used to give landowners some documentary proof of ownership.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made the announcement as she delivered the keynote address at the official launch of the Expansion of the Land Titling Project (LAMP II), at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, on May 15.

“This strategy is effective, especially in cases where landowners inherit land informally in situations where the owner had died and the beneficiaries had not obtained a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. These beneficiaries often sell the land to others, thus compounding the problem. Such persons could not be entered on the tax toll and often they were not even able to produce a tax receipt,” she said.

The Prime Minister informed that the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP II) has completed over 6,016 surveys of land parcels, of which  3,025 have been found to be in need of amendment to the valuation roll.

She noted that these have been submitted to the Commissioner of Lands to have the valuation roll updated to enable land owners to pay property taxes based on the particular area of land they owned.

“Landowners can now be entered on the roll without the imposition of burdensome conditions that poor people find too  difficult to fulfill.  This had prevented too many people from taking advantage of LAMP’s services to get their title,” the Prime Minister said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that where land owners do not have any documentary proof of ownership, there will be Adjudication Committees in those project areas to address the problem.

“The Committee will sit in the communities where the land is located,  so that the facts about the property rights relating to the land can be ascertained, and this will clear the way for the land to be registered,” she said.

Mrs. Simpson Miller also cited other government incentives, including the waiving of Transfer Tax and Stamp Duty and recording fees on all transactions necessary to get the land registered.

She congratulated the LAMP beneficiaries who received their titles and Certificates of Compliance. “You have unlocked the potential of your asset. Use your title to get your National Housing Trust (NHT) benefit.  It is still the key to your own home and its improvement,” she told the recipients.

In the meantime, beneficiary, Rommel Gabbidon, said LAMP has made it possible for more persons to get their titles without going through mounds of red tape.

He noted that many persons collecting their titles at the function could not have afforded it, had it not been for LAMP.