Owners of unoccupied lands urged to clear them

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The Central Housing and Planning Authority is again appealing to owners of unoccupied house lots in housing schemes under its management, to commence building or for those unable to do so building at the soonest, you are urged to clear your lots and surrounding drains of overgrowth.

The agency has received numerous complaints from residents living in those communities about security threats and health hazards they face on a daily basis. It is a known fact that unoccupied house lots with large overgrowth are safe havens from criminals. They are also habitats for reptiles and breeding grounds for mosquitoes which have the potential to spread diseases such as dengue fever.

On Monday, the agency received a complaint of an elderly man in Region 10, being bitten by a poisonous snake, which he said emerged from the unoccupied lot next to his property. Referencing Agreements of Sale, Transports, and Certificates of Title, landowners are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of all drains, reserves, and parapets adjoining the said lot and shall keep all parapets and reserves unencumbered.

Once you are allocated a plot of land by the agency, it is expected that you will commence construction at the stipulated time as indicated on your Agreement of Sale, Transport or Certificate of Title. Should you be unable to do so, it is only reasonable for you to make arrangements to maintain the land at an acceptable standard until you are ready to commence construction. It is unreasonable to expect residents to go into their pockets and expend monies to maintain lands they do not own.

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