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Govt ‘must move quickly’ to control squatting


Govt ‘must move quickly’ to control squatting

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GOVERNMENT needs to act quickly if squatting is to be controlled, says Queen’s Counsel Cecil McCarthy.

He suggested greater vigilance and a more proactive response to curtail the practice.

He told the SUNDAY SUN that the ever-expanding squatting settlements perhaps persisted over the years due to failure of property owners to assert their rights.

“It is a question of the authorities being vigilant and being decisive in the early stages of the squatting,” he said, noting that it was important to check land regularly to ensure there were no squatters.

He explained that while landowners had ten years to institute action against squatters, the Government had 30 years and were exposed to more options in addressing it.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.