One of the key policy drives of the government is to grant entitlement of lands to their occupents. The NHDA is implementing a programme to grant freehold deeds and deeds of leasing to beneficiaries. This is also in line with the
national policy of granting ownership of houses constructed under the model village, electoral housing and urban housing programmes to their occupants.
Steps have been taken to grant freehold ownership for residents of housing schemes belonging to the NHDA having regard for the state of insecurity experienced by low income earners in the City of Colombo in the absence of such. In the year 2016, it was planned to grant 3000 freehold deeds to properties for which such deeds could be granted and 2000 deeds of leasing for other properties. Accordingly,as at 31.10.2016, 1459 freehold deeds and 5316 deeds of leasing had been granted.