Landholding Control Act (Cap. 8.02) | Land Portal

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This Act concerns control of holding of interests in land in Montserrat by foreigners, i.e. a person other than a person who is deemed to belong to Montserrat under the provisions of section 2(2)(b) of the Immigration Act. The Act also provides for forfeiture of land and mortgages held by persons not belonging to Montserrat after commencement of the Act. Land may be acquired and held by a person not belonging to Montserrat under a lease of maximum five years or an annual tenancy or for any less interest for the purposes of residence, trade, or business, but such person shall not so hold more than five acres of land. The Governor may, from time to time, grant to any person not belonging to Montserrat a licence in Form A as set out in the Schedule to hold land as owner or tenant or mortgagee. The Act contains special provisions for nationals of a Caribbean Community country.

Amended by: Landholding Control (Amendment) Act, 2014 (No. 18 of 2014) (2015-08-18)
Repealed by: Landholding Control Act, 2015 (No. 2 of 2015). (2015-04-01)

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Yolande Dash


English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century, but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid-19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995.

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