• Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
    Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
  • Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
    Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
  • Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
    Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
  • Land Settlement Agency (LSA)
    Land Settlement Agency (LSA)

About The LSA

Land and Settlement

The Land Settlement Agency (LSA) is a corporate body established under the provision of the State Land (Regularization of Tenure) Chapter 57.05, Act No. 25 of 1998.

The Agency commenced formal operations in 1999.

It functions under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Housing, Land and Marine Affairs and is legally mandated to regularize certain squatters who illegally occupied State Lands prior to January 01, 1998 and who applied for Regularization on or before October 27, 2000.

The LSA opened its doors for business in 1999 and has received approximately 23,000 applications for ‘Certificates of Comfort.’

Recent estimates put the number of squatters on State Land to as much as Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand (250,000) persons.

At this time the LSA is conducting a Survey of all squatter sites  and at the end of this exercise, a more accurate figure on the number of squatters will be arrived at.

The Agency is also the main driver of “The Land for The Landless – Residential Lots Programme” which was launched on Tuesday November 27, 2012.

MANDATES OF THE LSA

To engage in the regularization of certain squatters who illegally occupied State Land prior to January 01, 1998 and who applied for Regularization on or before October 27, 2000.

Squatter Regularization involves two activities:

Title regularization:

The provision of security of tenure (i.e. a legal interest in land) to certain persons who were in illegal occupation of State Lands (i.e. Persons who occupied State Land  without permission of having any interest in or claim thereto) prior to January 01, 1998. These squatters must have applied for regularization and met all other legal requirements in accordance with the provisions of the State Land (Regularization of Tenure) Act No. 25 1998.

Infrastructure regularization:

The implementation and/or up-grading of the physical infrastructure of squatter communities by improving roads, drainage, waste water disposal and by providing water and other basic amenities.

To assist with the containment of further squatting on State Lands.

This involves collaborating with the Commissioner of State Lands as well as various Municipal Corporations to monitor and patrol State Lands and to take the necessary action in accordance with The State Land Act and Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

To facilitate the development of Land Settlement Areas (New Greenfield Sites) for Landless citizens as part of “The Land for The Landless-Residential Lots Programme.”

To facilitate the issuance of leases to eligible squatters in designated areas and Land Settlement Areas on State Lands.

To develop sustainable communities through the establishment of Settlement Councils and the facilitation of Micro Enterprises, thereby fostering the development of sustainable income generating skills with the overall objective to improve living standards and the quality of family life in general.