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The Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) is the premier organisation representing Quantity Surveyors (QS), Land Surveyors (LS) and Valuation Surveyors (VS) in Trinidad and Tobago. As the premier body representing surveyors locally, we aim to encourage the highest standards in the profession starting from the earliest academic stages. The following is a list of full (professional) ISTT members in the three sub-divisions. 

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After a lengthy absence, of a number of years (since 2012), the first edition of the revived SurView for 2018 is finally completed. In this edition we feature three articles from members regarding the Property Tax and the Registration of Titles to Land suite of acts.

After being dormant for several months, Property Tax is back on the heated discussion round table with the Government’s introduction of new legislative amendments. Earlier in March 2018, the Valuation of Land Amendment Bill and the Property Tax Amendment Bill were placed before Parliament and have since been passed. These bills made several noteworthy changes to the roll-out of Property Tax in Trinidad and Tobago; critical elements of which are discussed below.

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The Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) was established in 1996 by the amalgamation of the Land Surveyors Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the Quantity Surveyor's Society of Trinidad and Tobago and ProVal (the Association of Valuation Surveyors). The land surveying members of the ISTT believe that as representatives of one of the two major professions, law and land surveying, whose roles are instrumental in the construction of a complete land registration information system, we should present our position on the Land legislation 2000 and its amendments currently before parliament and expound upon its potential impacts on the profession and the wider society.

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The Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) wishes to publicly express grave concern over statements made by Works and Transport Minister, The Honourable Mr. Rohan Sinanan, as published in recent media reports, concerning issues plaguing the compulsory land acquisition process by the State. The statements alluded to misconduct by a valuation surveyor who provided professional advice to a private land owner on a compulsory acquisition matter and then later acted on behalf of the State in a senior bureaucratic role in the Valuation Division (Ministry of Finance) on the same matter. These statements further suggested that as a result of this, the State, through the National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO), was saddled with a claim amounting to 79 million dollars for land that was initially valued at 7 million dollars.

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