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Illegal transfer of titles rampant

Staff Reporter 12/10/2013 | |
 ILLEGAL transfer of titles has been rampant among tenants and occupants of National Housing Corporation (NHC) properties for many years, NHC acting managing director John Dege said yesterday.
He said the corporation was aware of 270 illegal titles held over its properties in Port Moresby alone and would soon take court action to recover them. 
He said illegal title holders were frustrating the NHC’s attempts to recover the properties through court orders and other legal processes.
Dege revealed this when announcing yesterday that the NHC was ready to release 812 titles to home owners throughout Papua New Guinea.
The titles were acquired through the various government sponsored sell-off schemes over the years.
Dege said the housing titles had been a contentious issue and the NHC had been put under much pressure by the Government and Parliament to resolve the matter.
“The title issue has been the subject of concern for many years and has been raised in Parliament recently but that has now been resolved and the titles can be transferred,” Dege said.
“NHC will not deny, deprive nor frustrate anyone from obtaining his or her title.”
Dege said the release of the 812 titles was the result the corporation’s 3V (valuation, verification, validation) exercise.
He said 213 titles were being withheld by the State Solicitor’s Office due to issues surrounding the change of name from the National Housing Commission to National Housing Corporation. 
“That issue is being resolved and titles will soon be handed over to the respective owners,” he said.
Dege said the NHC would now shift its focus to the development of new under-deveoped leases, which will be developed into serviced allotments that will be passed on to tenants to build their new homes.
A full list of the NHC properties and their legal buyers was published in The National yesterday. ONE PNG / The National

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