Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
- More from Cuba
Cuba Loosens Restrictions on Housing Market
Posted: November 16, 2011
it isn’t exactly the fall of communism in Havana, Cuban citizens are
now able to buy and sell their homes with minimal government
The new law (Decree 288), which went into effect on November 10, allows individuals to buy and sell up to two residences (one permanent, one vacation) without the excessive government intervention that was previously required. Transactions are now simplified with most of the legal particulars left primarily between buyer and seller.
According to Granma, Cuba’s national newspaper, the new legislation is designed to ensure that citizens who want to buy or sell residential property can do so as they wish without the need for any authorization from the Municipal Housing Authority. Income taxes are still levied on the sale and a notary public mandated to formalize the transactions.
According to Julia Sweig, expert on Cuban affairs and Director of Latin American Studies for the Council of Foreign Relations, the law represents a significant political advance by “providing legitimacy and legality to the real estate markets.” Sweig adds, “There is a strong consensus in Cuba that these steps are necessary to eliminate the massive bureaucratic distortions that get in the way of people’s ability to provide for themselves and their families.”
For much more on Cuba, read the December issue of CA, on newsstands now.
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Log in if you're already registered.
Search our database of more than 17,000 cigar tasting notes by score, brand, country, size, price range, year, wrapper and more, plus add your favorites to your Personal Humidor.