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This Act concerns rights of persons entitled in possession to land under a contract of tenancy whether express or implied. It provides protection of such rights. It does not apply to a tenancy of agricultural land.The Act provides for conversion of tenancies to which this Act applies subsisting immediately before the appointed day shall as from the appointed day in a statutory lease for the purposes of this Act. It also provides for an option to purchase the land under tenancy by the tenant. The Land Commission shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine questions and claims between a landlord and a tenant.

Implemented by: Land Tenants (Security of Tenure) (Rent Review) Regulations (Cap. 59:54). (2009-12-31)
Implemented by: Land Tenants (Security of Tenure) (Forms and Notices) Regulations (Cap. 59:54). (2009-12-31)
Amended by: Land Tenants (Security of Tenure) (Amendment) Act, 2010 (Act No. 10 of 2010). (2010-11-30)

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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.

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