LSA clarifies Guardian report... says they did not participate in demolition of illegal structures

(photo courtesy the Land Settlement Agency)

May 16, 2017: The Land Settlement Agency (LSA) wishes to highlight and correct an article written by Shaliza Hassanali and Ralph Banwarie and published as the cover story of today’s (May 16) Guardian newspaper titled “LSA demolishes 15 homes in Valencia”.

The LSA asserts that it nor its officers participated in yesterday’s demolition of illegal structures on State Lands in the Valencia area.

The LSA further reiterates that it is empowered by Act of Parliament No 25 of 1998 (State Land Regularisation of Tenure Act). Under its remit, it provides security of land tenure for eligible persons who were illegally occupying state lands prior to January 01, 1998.

For further information on the LSA’s role, remit, and responsibility, please visit the Ministry’s website at, its Facebook page or the website of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.



Ministry of Housing and Urban Development


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