Introduction to Manual II: The Haiti Land Transaction Manual, Vol 2:

Securing Land Rights in Haiti: A Practical Guide

In 2014, the Haiti Property Law Working Group which has been meeting continuously since 2011 published its second manual “Securing Land Rights in Haiti: A Practical Guide”. This manual focuses on the rights and obligations of property owners, illegal land occupation, tenant farming, state public and state private land, co-ownership of property and land expropriation.

The aim of the manual is to help homeowners, farmers, contractors, prospective owners, renters, NGO’s and other interested parties anticipate and prevent complications resulting from the purchase and use of private and public land and property. This is especially important for families who have settled on land for many generations yet still don’t have the paperwork to prove their legal land title status. Thus, the rights to their land are uncertain and securing loans to make home improvements is almost impossible.

The manual has been widely disseminated by Habitat, members of the Haiti Property Law Working Group and the Group itself through its training and awareness programs across the country. This training has included the recruiting and retention of a cadre of trainers and train-the-trainers’ sessions on the topics in the second manual.  This manual and the prior manual are being utilized by thousands of Haitian property owners, prospective owners, community leaders and members, business professionals, international agencies and government representatives.

The manual is available in French Haitian Creole and English.  Training materials have been developed in French and Haitian Creole.

A third manual which could address rental property, land and housing finance, inheritance property rights, urban and rural land planning and various practical property rights issues has been proposed.   In addition, the Haiti Property Law Working Group has proposed workshops and community-based programs to support security of tenure in the context of agricultural development, re-forestation, upgrading of informal settlements, urban and rural land planning and the creation of financing tools for un-banked individuals and communities.  Such proposals will be evaluated and may be developed subject to adequate funding.  More details will follow as they become available.

* It is strongly recommended that anyone using this manual consult with a legal advisor when conducting a specific property transaction.

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