Riviera Maya, Q.R. — More than 200 families living in irregular areas were granted land titles during 2023. The Quintana Roo Strategic Projects Agency (Agepro) says last year, they signed 243 contracts for the regularization of land in Tulum and in Maya Balam and Kuchumatán in the municipality of Bacalar.
The land titles were finalized through regularization programs in the municipality from Tulum and Bacalar.
José Alberto Alonso Ovando, the General Director of Agepro said that through the various programs that the Agency has, 42 agreements were signed in Tulum. In Maya Balam, 189 contracts were signed and 12 in Kuchumatán, which represents 243 property titles.
The land titles gives each family legal security over their assets.
He said that these programs were developed by the Coordination of Territorial Reserves of Agepro and, in addition to giving families certainty, will lay the foundations for sustainable and lasting development in the areas of Tulum and Bacalar.
“We will continue with the mandate of Governor Mara Lezama to work in coordination with the municipalities and society to guarantee and provide legal certainty to Quintana Roo families who wish to regularize their assets so that well-being reaches every corner of the entity,” he said.
Property titles for land users has been an ongoing issue for the state, in particular, squatters setting up irregular communities on lands that they claim to own but in some instances, do not. Many have paid for plots of land that are not owned by the seller or are plots of land that belong to ejidos and cannot be sold individually.
The regularization of these irregular communities on invaded land, which in some cases has reached hundreds of people, starts with the legal processing of official individual land titles. The lands are being taken over due to a lack of affordable housing throughout the state.