Jamaica: Multimillion$ Maintenance Clash – Developer, Negril Homeowners In Legal Battle Over US$28m Debt

The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation has launched an investigation to determine if homeowners at the gated community of Negril Estate and the developer Reading Holdings Limited have been compliant before deciding to intervene in a dispute between both parties.

The municipal authority is verifying if all certificates were granted and whether the putative owners have titles and are up to date with property tax payments, said Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Bertel Moore.

“Once this is in place, then it will mean that it is the corporation that is in charge …, but I don’t know if these things are done, so what we did is to turn it over to the chief engineer, who will investigate and tell us what the problem is,” Moore, who chairs the municipal corporation, told The Gleaner.

In a letter dated March 2, 2020, the Negril East Citizens’ Association Benevolent Society pleaded for the local authority’s intervention to address what it described as the failure of Reading Holdings Limited to install basic infrastructure, including water, street lights, and road-safety signs, on the property that comprises 170 lots.


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