Is it Illegal to Build a Villa on a Beach. I received the following email. I thought of just answering it. Then, I thought, “Why not make it a post?” This is the result. First, the email:
Sunset Homes is building a large beach front villa next to Bananas by the Sea on
First, on the building of beach villas, generally. No, there is no law against building a beachfront villa. For this to be prohibited would mean that there is in
Second, Yes, there was a policy at one time of making it difficult for villas to be built on the beachfront. Early in Emile Gumbs’ administration, after people complained about Chuck Norris being given permission to purchase a lot of land on
When a non-Anguillian applies for an Aliens Landholding Licence, as is obligatory, to own property on
Third, is the question of fronting. Fronting occurs when an Anguillian pretends to own some or all of a business or property in order to assist the real, foreign, owner from having to comply with alien taxes and other burdens. When the property is land or a business, the Anguillian puts his name forward to government as the owner. When the property is a company, the Anguillian holds some or all of the shares and directorships “in trust” for the foreigner. The share ownership is accompanied by pre-signed, undated share transfers to permit a swift and unilateral transfer of the shares out of the hands of the Anguillian. This is generally a crime. That has never stopped it happening. Law firms have been accused of doing it. Politicians have been alleged to do it. Some civil servants are said to supplement their meager income by doing it. Even ordinary Anguillians do it. It is one of the commonest industries in
What these foreign speculators are only now beginning to learn is that, unless the illegal fronting is organised by an attorney with experience in these matters, they are likely to get ripped off by the Anguillian. What typically happens is that the Anguillian holds out for more than the agreed reward. He pretends that he thought he was really the majority owner. He then threatens to put a spoke in the works unless the demanded payment is made.
I have no idea who owns Sunset Homes. Nor, have I any reason to believe they are doing anything illegal. They probably fall into the category of an Anguillian owner doing what he wants with his own land. That is not against the law.
That is simply evidence of
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