Cuban Law Association, Miguel Iturria Medina, Translator: Unstated
By Miguel Iturria Medina
Property Law governs the use, enjoyment, possession and availability of
good which one owns. The ultimate power is related, in short, to the
possibility of the title holder doing with his property what he deems to
be best. In the case of housing one of the issues is the disposition it,
that is the owner's decision about who lives in his property.
This is addressed in Article 64 of our General Housing Act, Act No. 65;
however there are exceptions provision regulated in Article 65 of the
law itself, which limits the cessation of cohabitation for ancestors and
descendants of the owner, mothers with children born during the
marriage, formalized or not with the owner, or mothers with children
living in the housing for three or more years and having no other
residence; elderly who have lived for more than three years in the
building and who do not have a place to reside, cases of manifest
injustice or inhumane acts.
Outside of these exceptions, the owner may terminate the cohabitation of
any person without requiring an administrative or judicial declaration,
but if the cohabitant refuses to leave the property, then the owner can
call the Municipal Department of Housing to issue a resolution which
determines whether unwanted cohabitant must leave, a process that can be
achieved in the second instance in the Provincial Court, by application
of nonconformity of the administrative decision, and which ends,
finally, in appeal to the Supreme Court.
The real problem lies in the Order to Cease Cohabitation because once it
is signed, either by resolution of the Municipal Housing (DMV) or
Judgment of the Provincial or Supreme Court, whether the cohabitant
refuses to leave the property and which is antisocial behavior unrelated
to a work center, the competent authority comes to force removal by the
police. But if the cohabitant does not meet these characteristics, the
DMV only issues a provision ordering them to leave the house in 30 days
and if they do not they will be fined 30% to 50% of their salary which
will accrue to the State. So far.
Why doesn't the competent authority take action in all cases where a
final decision calls for the cessation of cohabitation? What coercive
force is there in reducing the minimum wage by 30% to 50% when the cost
of renting a home is around 20 Cuban Convertible Pesos (around 500 pesos
in "national money"), and this figure is more than 50% of what the
average worker earns? How can the owner get someone out of his house who
doesn't meet this requirement of an "anti-social labor link"?
There is no other option than to modify the Law so that it truly
guarantees this ability.
September 30 2012