There is an acute housing crisis in Cuba.
Even before the recent hurricanes that damaged over half a million homes, accommodation was one of the greatest causes of complaint on the island.
The black market in property and building materials is thought to be huge.
And as Linda Pressly finds out in Crossing Continents, in a nation where it is illegal to buy and sell property, Cubans have come up with unique ways of getting around the regulations, and securing a new home.
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents was broadcast on Monday, 29 December, 2008 at 2030 GMT. It was repeated on Thursday, 1 January, 2009 at 1230 GMT.
Reporter: Linda Pressly
Producer: Polly Hope