Lovell says ABLP’s unfinished houses is an insult, says UPP’s rent to own is the way to go


An insult and a disgrace is how Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), views the Gaston Browne Administration’s plans to offer low-income families the shell of a house as part of the Government’s housing programme.

Prime Minister Browne announced that persons making less than $3,000 monthly would be offered an unfinished concrete structure – which they would have to plaster, paint and tile – if they wish to own a home.

Lovell describes these houses as all wattle and no daub, adding that this is unheard of anywhere in the world.  Alternatively, he promises that a UPP Administration will embark on a rent-to-own initiative.

Lovell says that while some might complain that apartment complexes will be run-down, proper and frequent maintenance would be key.

He points out that land space is becoming an issue, especially in St. John’s. and therefore it would be prudent to build upwards.

Lovell says the apartments on offer will be very affordable, as low as $900 a month.  According to him, this will be the future of low-cost, low-income housing in Antigua and Barbuda.

The UPP Political Leader says his Party is seeking ways to assist the poor and vulnerable and allow them to “own a piece of the rock” with dignity – rejectig what is being proposed by PM Browne.

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  1. YOU Harold Lovell running in the Year 2022 after being REJECTED in 2014 and again in 2018 is an INSULT to the people of City East and the people Antigua and Barbuda on a whole.

  2. I have indicated that a concrete single dwelling property that is not tiled or painted could be sold to someone who can afford a mortgage payment of $750-800 monthly. At the end of the term they would have full ownership.

    ANR, please ask Mr Lovell for the the details. For example: the size, and cost of the dwelling, how the cost of the pry plus interest (cost of money) will be recovered ?

    Also, the monthly rental payment, the term of the rental agreement and at what stage the conversion from rental to ownership will be effected ? If they default on the payments, would they lose the right to ownership ?

    What penalty clauses will be included to ensure that the government is paid ? And in the even of default, would his government evict them from the property ?

    How many of these homes would they build and what’s the source of funding.

    I guarantee you that he has not done the analysis and would not respond to these questions.

  3. Lovell, just take some time off. You’re getting out of order. Just sit down!!!!

  4. This is unbelievable…. A person who deprives another of his or her own shelter should be considered as an enemy who does not the best for anyone….. Lovell you should be a shame of yourself trying to deprive poor people of owning a home…. Shame on you!! You no kind of leader at all!!!

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