Land Registry jumped the gun on Nadur land dispute – Alex Muscat

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Land Registrar acted prematurely when it accepted the registration on behalf of the beneficiaries of a 17th century foundation of two sizeable tracts of land at the centre of Nadur in which dozens of houses lie, Parliamentary Secretary for Communities Alex Muscat said on Tuesday.

The lands were among others included in the compulsory land registration area through a legal notice published on 28 June 2019. The residents of various Nadur homes sought to register, only to find out that according to the Land Registry, the land their homes was in did not belong to them.

On 21 January, a plot of 14,398sqm was registered in the name of the beneficiaries of the Sant’Antonio delli Navarra estate, and on 12 February, a 13,252sqm plot was also registered in the estate’s name.

The issue had died down somewhat as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the temporary closure of the Land Registry, but no resolution has been reached, and in Parliament, Gozitan MP Kevin Cutajar aske Muscat to provide updates.

Muscat emphasised that neither he nor any other minister or parliamentary secretary could interfere and cancel the registration of the land. What residents can do, however, is to file a caution with the Land Registry.

But the parliamentary secretary nevertheless expressed his dissatisfaction with how the Land Registry dealt with the case.

“I feel that the Land Registrar should not have accepted the application on principle, because on the basis of information I have at hand, it was a premature decision,” Muscat said.

“At the very least, he should have asked for additional information to substantiate the application.”