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Costa Rican lawmakers move forward with bill to lower cap on rent hikes

If approved by the full Assembly, yearly rent increases would be capped at 10 percent, down from the current 15 percent.

Housing Ministry again postpones relocation of San José slum

The deadline to clear lands currently occupied by a slum known as Triángulo de la Solidaridad expires on March 28, but the Housing Ministry on Tuesday said they will need at least three more months to complete the relocation.

Government postpones project to expand Circunvalación beltway

The National Roadway Council on Wednesday confirmed the decision to postpone the first stage of expansion of the Circunvalación, a belt route bordering the capital’s central canton, until Housing Ministry officials complete the relocation of 191 families currently living where the new road is to be built.

Middle-income families still struggle to buy a home in Costa Rica despite more lending

During President Laura Chinchilla's term from 2010-2014, administration officials and lawmakers passed nine pieces of legislation and one executive decree aimed at helping middle-income Ticos buy homes. Yet despite the effort, little was accomplished toward the goal of increasing the number of homeowners nationwide.

Desamparados mayor confirms construction in protected area despite cease-and-desist orders

Municipal officials in the southern San José canton of Desamparados on Monday confirmed that property owners in a protected area known as Mt. Tablazo are continuing construction in spite of cease and desist orders from that office and the Municipality of El Guarco, in the province of Cartago.

How Solís’ administration plans to turn one of Costa Rica’s biggest slums into a park

The negotiation skills of Luis Guillermo Solís' administration were tested this week by protests on Tuesday in which hundreds of residents from several Costa Rican communities blocked main roads in three provinces for eight hours. But there's more to the story.

Housing group plans large protest in early September

The National Housing Forum, which groups 53 citizen organizations across the country, announced a national protest slated for Sept. 2 due to “the government’s lack of action” on promises to provide housing for the poor.

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