Housing Ministry Seeks to Speed up Land Titling Process


Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, says that the Government is to acquire the services of a Korean firm to assist in speeding up land registration and titling.
Dr. Chang said the administration has concluded discussions with the firm, and the programme will facilitate collation of the requisite data to get millions of parcels of unregistered land registered within a reasonable timeframe.
He explained that the full details will be provided by Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding, in due course.
“But, it’s moving forward. We have reached a stage where we have identified the funding, the technology and the mechanism to get out there and do it,” Dr. Chang said. He was addressing the Jamaica Mortgage Bank’s (JMB) Housing Development Seminar on the theme: “New Issues in Planning and Maintaining Housing Development”, at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, on Thursday (March 18).
Dr. Chang said that the land titling process was moving “slowly”, resulting in too many unregistered parcels of land which cannot be used for security, particularly for transactions involving persons in the lower income brackets.
He said that the titling process, particularly subdivisions, has proven “challenging”, especially for low income earners. Attempts have been made, at “various levels”, to effect the requisite institutional changes necessary to make subdivision titling more easily done, he added.
“We have been able to move the Titles Office fairly effectively within a cooperative framework, but it has to be broadened to.ensure that we have a framework that can get subdivision titling moving quickly and efficiently, in the marketplace,” he stated.
The seminar, attended by a wide cross section of mortgage and housing solution providers and developers, facilitated dialogue between private and public sector stakeholders on the issues.

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