The locals pay the mortgage, do the repairs and remodeling, but the Society owns the deed. Nice scam!
Just a sidepoint, the congregation that holds the territory that the KH is in, legally "holds the deed" if it is paid for. Only if that congregation is dissolved, does the property revert to the WTS. This is how nonprofit organizations work. If the WTS (or a bank) loaned money to the congregation and the congregation has not paid it back completely, that is different. I know this because a congregation in my area owned some land that the WTS wanted them to sell and donate to another congregation to build their hall. The congregation would not and there was nothing the WTS could do legally. Told to me by an elder in the congregation.
Remember, when the Big A comes, aren't all JWs supposed to report to the KH to 'enter into the interior rooms until the denunciation passes over"?
Actually, the WTS has adjusted this to mean the congregation (people) as opposed to KH (building).*** w03 6/1 p. 16 "Do Not Be Afraid or Be Terrified" ***
They will continue to find strength and protection in association with the more than 94,600 congregations around the world. (Isaiah 26:20)
(since more than 1 congregation meets in some KHs, it doesn't mean the buildings)
***w01 11/15 p. 11 Jehovah Shows Us How to Count Our Days ***
We enjoy spiritual security because, figuratively speaking, Jehovah is "a real dwelling" for us. He also provides "interior rooms"?likely linked closely with the congregations of his people?as spiritual havens, where loving shepherds contribute greatly to our sense of security. (Isaiah 26:20; 32:1, 2; Acts 20:28, 29)
***w98 8/15 p. 19 Strengthening Our Confidence in God?s Righteousness ***
In the near future, the greatest time of tribulation ever to strike the human race will break forth suddenly. (Matthew 24:21) When it does, servants of God will need as never before to display confidence in Jehovah?s righteousness and in the direction provided by his organization. In a symbolic way, they will then confidently obey God?s injunction: "Go, my people, enter into your interior rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for but a moment until the denunciation passes over." (Isaiah 26:20) Already they have entered into the protective atmosphere of over 85,000 congregations in 232 lands. Whatever may additionally be included in the injunction "enter into your interior rooms," we can be confident that Jehovah will help us to carry it out.
*** Isaiah Prophecy Book-1 chap. 21 p. 283 Jehovah?s Hand Becomes High ***
Today, the "interior rooms" of this prophecy could be closely linked with the tens of thousands of congregations of Jehovah?s people around the world. Such congregations will continue to play a key role in our lives, even through "the great tribulation." (Revelation 7:14) How vital that we maintain a wholesome attitude toward the congregation and regularly associate with it!?Hebrews 10:24, 25.
The letter shows that Legal is in control of the WTS, just like the legalistic lawyers, the Pharisees of Jesus' time.
I wonder where the Florida JWs staged their building programs? Some brother's home? I wonder about his insurance/liability.