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Govt published draft legislation for a Register of Property Occupation

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The Gibraltar Government yesterday published draft legislation to establish a Register of Property Occupation in Gibraltar.
People residing in Government properties would have to register themselves and all other occupants living in that property.
When it comes to special housing, the obligation to register falls to the person requiring the special housing as well as all other people living with them.
Meanwhile if a property is rented privately, the landlord would have to provide the Registrar with details.
Residents would have to register themselves within three months from when the law commences.
Failure to register would result in a fine up to level four, and the same rule applies to the landlord.
The draft legislation has yet to be debated in Parliament and passed, with commencement due once a notice is published in the Gazette thereafter.
According to the legislation, the register will provide “an accurate and detailed record of occupation of relevant property,” and the record will be kept either at the Land Registry offices or where the Minister chooses.
The Registrar of Property Occupation will be appointed by the Minister by legal notice and published in the Gazette.
Its powers will be to approve or reject applications, inspect the properties or ask for further information.
If an application is rejected, the Registrar will give notice of this decision, and this can go to appeal with the Property Occupation Appeals Board, who will receive appeals within 21 days of the Registrar’s decision.

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