The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has threatened to take legal action against a well-known contractor who has allegedly encroached on State lands worth millions.
But the contractor has countered the HDC's claim, stating that he secured the property legally.
The HDC has written to the contractor requesting that he cease works on the property located in central Trinidad.
Almost three acres of land have been cleared and levelled and a concrete fence erected.
The Express was told that the HDC received information last month that the contractor had unlawfully entered lands vested in the HDC.
Last week, the HDC issued a legal letter to the businessman advising that the activity constituted trespass and requested that they vacate the land.
The HDC also threatened to initiate injunctive proceedings if the lands were not vacated in three days.
The contractor responded, through his attorney, stating that he was in possession of the lands with the permission of an adverse possessor.
The adverse possessor and proof of purchase were submitted to the HDC.
An adverse possession is a method of gaining legal title to real property by the actual, open, hostile, and continuous possession of it to the exclusion of its true owner for the period prescribed by State law.
The contractor is claiming that the HDC has no right or title to the land and is not entitled to possession of the land.