A Guernsey charitable trust is due to sign a lease for a States-owned house on Lihou Island, ending months of handover delays.
Lihou Island is considered to be a wildlife haven
The Lihou Charitable Trust hopes to sign a 21-year lease for the property by the end of July.
It was awarded the lease in December 2005 but has not been able to start the tenancy due to "inexplicable" delays.
The trust plans to repair the house and turn it into an educational centre on the 40-acre island.
Lihou is considered a wildlife haven, linked to Guernsey near L'Eree by a causeway.
The States purchased the island and house in 1995 to allow access for islanders and tourists.
The house has undergone numerous repairs but more work is needed due to its exposed location.
The trust cannot begin work on the house until the lease is signed.
The trust would not comment on the delays to the new tenancy but said it was ready to progress.