The Chairman of the Central Housing and Planning Authority shall keep a register of all persons defined by this Act as landlords, i.e. any person who under any tenancy is entitled to rents and profits of land or buildings. Every landlord shall register as a landlord within two months of the commencement of the tenancy. Applications for registration shall be made in the form set out in the Schedule. The State shall be exempted from registration as a landlord. Other provisions of this Act deal with transfer of registration or amendments in the register.
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Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence.
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