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LAMP Merged With NLA

January 15, 2019
Commissioner of Land Valuation and Senior Director of the Land Valuation Division, National Land Agency, Eric Allen - Contributed photo     The Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) has been merged with the National Land Agency (NLA). Effective Monday, January 14, LAMP matters...
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REALTORS® Expect Increase In Property Sales This Year

January 6, 2019
  Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (left) is greeted by Carlos Muñoz, head of public policy, Central America and the Caribbean, Airbnb Inc. The occasion was the launch of Airbnb Kingston’s host club at Devon House on April 10, 2018. REALTORS® say they expect an increase in demand for first-time homebuyers in 2019 even as they indicate that...
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Airbnb Fallout - Local Rental Market Tightens For Young Jamaicans As Landlords Target Foreigners

January 6, 2019
  The explosion of the Airbnb market across the island has been pushing well-needed cash into the pockets of many Jamaicans, but it is providing a painful side effect - the tightening of the rental market. While figures for last year are not yet available, in 2017 Jamaica recorded approximately 55,000 Airbnb bookings across the island, with hosts...
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Ban On Babies - Landlords Illegally Refusing To Rent To Persons With Children

January 6, 2019
  The Rent Restriction Act of 1983 makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against potential tenants on the basis that they have children, but scores of landlords are banning the babies and getting away with it. Under Section 4A Subsection 1 of the Rent Restriction Act, "A person shall not, as a condition for the grant, renewal or continuance...
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Short-Term Rental Boom Adding To Housing Bane: Authorities Urged To Guard Against Community Deterio

October 22, 2018
  Dr Carol Archer   The boom in the short-term rental market has created a new source of income for many Jamaicans, particularly in the Corporate Area and along the north coast. However, while it allows many homeowners to earn directly from the accommodation sector, there is concern among housing experts that its growth could, in the absence of specific...
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