Legislation for community upkeep coming soon

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will be putting forward legislation to help with the upkeep of houses, particularly those in communities developed by the National Housing Trust (NHT).

Holness was responding to a question from a journalist, during his quarterly press briefing today, on the prevalence of the abandonment of NHT houses and what the government could do about the situation.

In response, Holness said the role of the NHT is to build the houses for the communities but not necessarily to provide upkeep and there are other pieces of legislation that address that problem.

He said he could personally relate to the problem having grown up in a NHT housing scheme, where people sometimes lost interest and abandoned houses leading to them being run down.

Holness assured that the government is working on legislation, such as a Gated Community Act, to address the issue.

“The act will strengthen the authority of the management of these communities to ensure that value is preserved,” the prime minister said.

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