“Squatting and Squatter”

Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building, usually residential , that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use. ( Source : Wikipedia )

A squatter is someone who lives in anused building without having a legal right to do so and without paying any rent or any property tax.

A squatter is someone who occupies unused land, either to farm itor to build a house on it, without having a legal right to do so.

Squatter is an illegal occupant of land or property, especially somebody who takes over and lives in somebody else’s empty house. ( Encarta Dictionary : (English North America)

The question in Indonesia is : how they occupy that property. It is very simple, they put all their stuff, build non permanent building, which made from wood, plywood or any unused material, and they live there as a squatter.
Is the local government know that ? yes they know it, and some times they take some money from them and they give water, electricity, and they put tax. Amazing….

The next question is How to empower the squatter ? It very simple too : Ask them to have a group, facilitate them, give a win-win solutions and special attention to them.  Ask the Government, NGO and BPN RI to solve their problem.

The last question: Can we do that ? Why not, create a program, do the right thing.

Publish @ Jl. Agus Salim 58 Jkt Pusat 3rd floor @ 12.00 23 March 2009.

Makmur Siboro


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