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  • The National Land Agency (NLA) issued 12,926 certificates of title during financial year 2013/14, an increase of 29 per cent over the previous year.
  • Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, made the disclosure while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.
  • Additionally, the NLA has completed a comprehensive map of Montego Bay and its environs, as part of its continued thrust towards the large scale mapping of urban centres of the island.

The National Land Agency (NLA) issued 12,926 certificates of title during financial year 2013/14, an increase of 29 per cent over the previous year.

This amount includes 4,550 titles issued to Government agencies.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, made the disclosure while making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

He also noted that approximately 811,000 parcels of land recorded on the valuation roll, 57 per cent have registered titles.

The Land Minister said that to further advance the titling of lands, regulations will be put in place to allow for the use of statutory declarations and advertisements in order to place persons on the valuation roll.

In the meantime, Minister Pickersgill informed that as part of efforts to make doing business in Jamaica easier and more efficient, the NLA has launched several new products and services.

Among them is Property Watch Jamaica, which is a critical development in the government’s effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the incidents of fraudulent threats to property transactions in Jamaica.

These threats include, but are not limited to: identity fraud committed against vulnerable registered owners; and the impersonation of lawyers, law firms and co-owners.

Property Watch is an online subscription service that sends automatic notifications via e-mail to registered proprietors when a transaction is lodged against a certificate of title.

Once the notification has been sent to the subscriber, he/she will be given 24 hours to alert the NLA if the transaction is not legitimate.

Additionally, the NLA has completed a comprehensive map of Montego Bay and its environs, as part of its continued thrust towards the large scale mapping of urban centres of the island.

The map shows natural and man-made features as well as the parcel data information for that city, including schools, government buildings, churches, businesses and information pertaining to the tourist industry.