StephenUK wrote:Probably a good idea when we build a house there to build an annexe with it for someone to live there permanently, with no rent, to look after the land and property permanently as we will be unable to live there permanently for some years to come.
It's a great idea to consider this. This is what many many upper middle class, upper class families do in Colombia where it is very popular to have a "finca" (country house) as well as your house/flat in the city. I visited many fincas like this looked after by humble honest Colombian families who made sure the land wasn't invaded, robbed, and looked after things in terms of maintenance, gardening etc. They would often raise families themselves and it worked very well, everyone was happy and they often cooked for the owners when they came for the weekend.
Interestingly I have not come across this in Peru though this may be because in Peru I have not mixed with so many well off Peruvians. In Peru, having a country house is very much less popular, except for places close to Lima like Chaclacayo which really aren't that far away or really in the country.
I should check with Peruvians and people with legal knowledge why this isn't done more. it may just be a cultural thing. But there may be property law that makes it more likely that such a family like this will suddenly claim possession of the property, especially if there is land associated with the property that they would farm. In Peru there is an old law that "those that work the land, own the land", introduced around 40 years ago and never properly clarified since in spite of some initiatives to strengthen owners rights if they properly register land.