Cuba: The State of Housing in Cuba

Cuba’s housing situation and infrastructure on the whole are in a critical condition. This country is almost entirely falling apart. Of course, this is the result of many factors, but they all directly or indirectly relate to the country’s economic, political and social system which has proven to be dysfunctional.

The idea that every family has their own home is a beautiful utopia, but that’s all it is. In reality, it’s a sprint between the State’s ability to invest in housing and the growth of never-ending needs. And the State has never been able to fulfill such a purpose, not even the most economically advanced socialist/extreme experiments in Europe were able to do so.

Aside from a lack of investment or poor management, or the dependence this always zigzagging political system creates, with its highs and lows, this utopia leads to other social evils. For example, excessive redtape and tedious bureaucracy, which cause delays and corruption.

In a normal country, a million houses might be owned by 100,000 owners and they can have legal representation in the form of a lawyer or representative because they have money and pay for these services. Less people doing the redtape and less movement of properties or at least more plural movement. However, in Cuba, there are a million owners with a great deal of movement of properties, causing huge lines at offices even if these people are old and don’t understand the first thing about housing laws.

You have to also take into account the very real fact that it isn’t the same thing to demand a million owners (most of whom are poor and even worse yet, poverty-stricken) to keep their properties in excellent condition. This means that this colossal responsibility falls upon the State’s shoulders, especially if miserable wages aren’t even enough to do up one square meter.



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