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Belizean Says Land is Hard to Obtain

And while Petillo has been persistent in his advocacy for land ownership, Love News learnt that there are residents who feel it would be a waste of time to even apply. There were varying reasons behind this sentiment including one that you must be politically affiliated to get a piece of land in Belize.

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Do you own a piece of land here in Belize ?

“No sir.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  Have you ever tried applying for land ? 

“I tried applying but it was under the UDP government but I didn’t get through.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  Do you think that it’s a political thing then being that you tried getting a piece of land ?

“Yes sir because the same year when I was to get my land paper I didn’t vote for any party due to being upset because I wanted my land papers bad and I never did get it.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  So how difficult would you say it is to get a piece of land here in Belize ?

“Man it’s really difficult because I don’t want to squat because I don’t want anybody to come and say they own the land on the stretch.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  How do you think you could get a piece of land ?

“Well I don’t know. It’s a political thing you have to be close to one of the ministers or something that way they help who they want to help you know ?”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  Sir do you own a piece of land here in Belize ? 

“No sir.” 

 Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Have you ever tried applying for a piece of land ?

“Well I am a young person I haven’t applied yet but the chances will be slim because I’m a young person based on how the government is going right now a lot of people are complaining and are saying it takes to long, it takes years to own a piece of property or land so I would say it would be a hard time to get a piece of land.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Do you own a piece of land here in Belize ?

“No.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Do you think the process to obtain a piece of land will be easy ? 

“No because I believe too much people are apply for land and I believe everybody else wants so I guess – especially if they start from old to young I will be probably last.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: So you think your chances of owning a piece of land in your lifetime is slim you would say ? 

“Very, unless I have money and I don’t have that.”

Another Belizean explained to Reporter Vejea Alvarez that he was only lucky to be a land owner due to an inheritance.

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Sir do you own a piece of land here in Belize ? 

“Yeah I own a piece of land yes.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: What was the process like in obtaining that piece of land ? 

“Well basically it’s something like an inheritance so I didn’t really go out to obtain one I got it through family.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Do you think that if you didn’t inherit that piece of land you would own a piece of land right now ?

“Not necessarily right now unless I go purchase one. The last time I was thinking about getting a piece of land if figured you just have to apply now and some day longer later on in the years maybe you get a little something later on in the years. Don’t feel like you’ll get it right now if you apply right now. I feel like maybe a little ten years from now you know what I mean ?”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Ma’am do you own a piece of land here in Belize ?

“Yes I just recently obtained a piece of land in September from my government.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: How was that process like ?

“Well it was not too long. It was very surprising to me but nevertheless I got through.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  How important is it for you as a Belizean to own a piece of land and other Belizeans as well ?

“Well very important because I do know it will benefit me from not paying rent and also to leave something for my children when I’m not here.”