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House wait may be cut to 10 years
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Housing wait rules were relaxed to 14 years in 2005
The length of time people have to live in Jersey to gain residential status could be reduced to 10 years by 2008 under plans being considered.

The housing department is recommending the wait is further reduced from the current figure of 14 years.

The proposals are being discussed by the Council of Ministers.

Authorities have been concerned about a two-tier housing system for some time. Last year, the States agreed it should be cut to 14 years from 15.

A report by the housing department said in 1980 rules were brought in to discourage people from settling in the island.

This led to concerns that a two-tier housing system was operating in the island because people who do not have residential status can only rent in the non-qualified sector.

Ministers are considering lowering the time qualification to 12 years by January 2007, 11 by the following December and 10 years by the end of 2008.


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