Mobile Land Clinic Assists Over 400 Residents with Land Issues
The Ministry of Natural Resources wrapped up a 2-day mobile land clinic yesterday where they assisted more than four hundred residents with land issues. Additionally, the personnel at lands also worked with the residents in facilitating land applications as well the issuance of land titles. Minister of Natural Resources, Cordel Hyde, was at the clinic and explained that they have found that many Belizeans do not know the land processes or their rights when it comes to land ownership. Minister Hyde explained that one area that many are not familiar with is Prescription Lands.
Cordel Hyde, Minister of Natural Resources: “In some cases, in a lot of cases people qualify for a prescription which is to say that if you have lived in a private land for over twelve years and no-one has come to you requesting that you come off their and or indicate to you that they own the land, then you have the right to apply for prescription rights, which is to say you have an opportunity to get to own that land. Of course there’s a process because the Constitution of the Belize guarantees private property, guarantees certain rights to those private landowners, but if people are on the land, living on the land, develop the land, have bungalows whatever, and they have not been warned they have not been given any notice that they need to come off the land once 12 years have elapsed then those persons qualify to apply. And so we have a lot of that today, actually. In one case I saw just now, this land is private owned from 1918. This family has been living on this land for over 20 years. The matriarch of the family just died and the father and his children are trying to sort it out, trying to get the land in their name once and for all and so we’re in a position to do that right now they will apply for prescription and hopefully everything goes well.”