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Increase in empty houses


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Family disputes remain the major issue behind some houses in Barbados remaining empty for years.

All across the island, these houses – some finished and others not – stand as evidence of one of the great dilemmas which face Barbados, the fact there are people desperate _for housing while some are empty.

The Weekend Nation visited areas such as St Silas, Thorpe’s and Holders Hill, St James; Long Bay, St Philip, _and Husbands, St Lucy, taking pictures of such houses.

In St Silas, both extravagantly finished homes and _half-finished works in progress stand side by side, dotted _with a surprising number of unoccupied ones. _William Bowen of St Silas Stage 1 pointed out a few.

“That house there is up for sale,” he said, referring _to a yellow house surrounded with unkempt bush. _“It went up for auction but there were no buyers. _It belongs to the bank now; not sure which one,” he said.

Bowen said another house which was almost obscured by foliage, had been there since the 1970s. He said it was a dispute between a married couple which resulted in the house being abandoned and slowly becoming part of nature.

Not far away, another house looked finished, even featuring a freshly mowed lawn. However, closer inspection revealed no curtains at the windows, and another neighbour, Kevin Brathwaite, gave the story.

“Nobody ever lived there despite how nice it looks. The couple who had it built went overseas and never came back. Don’t know if they dead. The man next door says he’s family, so he cuts the grass. I wonder how we have homeless people; we could as well give these houses to them,” he said. (CA)

Read the full story in today’s WEEKEND NATION newspaper or read the e-paper online.


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