NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I
Preliminary

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

 

PART II
Establishment of the Trust, management and functions

   3   Establishment of the National Housing Trust

   4   Functions of the Trust

   5   Establishment of the Board of Directors.

   6   Power of Minister to issue general directions on matters of policy

   7   Resources of the Trust

   8   [Deleted by Act 28 of 2003 s 2.]

   9   Recovery of debts

   10   Borrowing powers

 

PART III
Contributions

   11   Contributions

   12   Employer's liability to pay contributions due from employed persons

   13   Treatment of employer's contributions for purposes of income tax

   14   Employer failing to pay contributions

   15   Voluntary contributions

   16   Payment of contributions to banks or agencies

   17   Bonuses

   18   Certificate of contributions

 

PART IV
Benefits

   19   Form of benefit

   20   Housing benefit

   21   Contributor's refund

   22   Contributor's benefit in special circumstances

      Payments in approved savings instruments of refund or benefit

   23   Repayment of benefit improperly received

   24   Determination of benefits

   25   Rate of interest

   26   Examination as to application of loan

   27   Trust may serve notice

   28   Power of Trust to set-off

   29   The power of the Trust to authorise the deduction of mortgage payments

 

PART V
Administration

   30   Designation of Inspectors

   31   Power of Inspectors

   32   Civil proceedings

   33   Proceedings against inspector under this Act

   34   Power to conduct proceedings

   35   Proceedings against employer for benefit lost by employer's default

   36   Crown servants

 

PART VI
Miscellaneous

   37   Offences and penalties

      Designation of responsible officer by body corporate

   38   Regulations

   39   Retroactivity of Regulations under this Act

      SCHEDULES

 

THE NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST ACT

[Date of Commencement: 1st January, 1979]

Acts
32 of 1979,
5 of 1984,
12 of 1985,
10 of 1986,
26 of 1996,
28 of 2003,
34 of 2004,
23 of 2005,
7 of 2013.

PART I
Preliminary (sections 1-2)

l   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Housing Trust Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   ''approved savings instruments", means mortgage bonds issued by the Jamaica Mortgage Bank or such other mortgage bonds or other savings instruments as may be approved by the Board for the purposes of this Act;

[5/1984 s 2.]

   "the Board" means the Board of Directors of the Trust;

   "benefit" means benefits payable pursuant to this Act;

   "calendar year" means the period of twelve months commencing on the first day of January each year;

   "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Board or any person for the time being performing the functions of the Chairman;

   "contributor" means any employed person, self-employed person, voluntary contributor or domestic worker and every employer who is required to make contributions;

   "contribution" means a contribution payable pursuant to this Act;

   "contribution week" means a period of seven days commencing immediately after twelve o'clock midnight on each Sunday and ending at twelve o'clock midnight on the Sunday next following;

   "contribution year" means the period of 52 weeks commencing on the first day of January in each year;

   "domestic worker" means a person employed, otherwise than for the purposes of a trade or business, for the comfort or convenience of a member of a household or in or about a dwelling-house or such other premises as may be prescribed in such capacities as housekeeper, cook, maid (including children's maid) laundress, butler, general help, gardener, chauffeur or other similar capacity;

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