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New state laws could put an end to irregular settlements and illegal real estate land sales

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Secretariat of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development (Sedetus) says new state laws could put an end to the development of irregular settlements as well as the illegal sale of land.

Armando Lara De Nigris, Secretaría de Desarrollo Territorial Urbano Sustentable (Sedetus), says they are working on a new law to stop irregular settlements. A Human Settlements Regulation could be ready in the first half of this year.

In Quintana Roo there are, at least 389 irregular settlements which he says, is the consequence of the high demographic growth of the state combined with difficulties in acquiring a home.

He says Cancun has the highest number of irregular settlements with around 213. Other places such as Isla Mujeres also have high figures with 85 irregular settlements, while in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco, there are 40.

A 2014 map shows a handful of known irregular settlements around Chetumal compared to the 40 officials have counted now.
Image: Sedetus 2014.

Solidaridad has 29 that they know of, Puerto Morelos has seven, Tulum six, in Felipe Carrillo Puerto there are three, in José María Morelos there is only one and one on the island of Cozumel.

Bacalar has counted four irregular settlements, while in the district of Lázaro Cárdenas, none have been detected to date.

Lara De Nigris acknowledged that “for several years, the problem of formal housing has been great and has become increasingly accentuated in the main cities. It is something very critical.

“We started working on the territorial state strategy with a team of congressional deputies. We are working on the Condominium and Regulations Law and the Human Settlements Law which we hope to have ready in coming months,” he said.

Lara De Nigris said that the beginning of the year, the state government launched a Property Security Roundtable in the southern zone where they proceeded to review 10 real estate developments.

Nine of them have had complaints filed for the illegal sale of land.

He says the new laws would directly address the serious problem of land invasion and the illegal sale of property in Quintana Roo.