Lagos reviews land documentation regulations

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Lagos State government has unveiled new Land Use Act Title Documentation Regulations, which permits prospective applicants who bought land from the customary owners,  to obtain Governor’s consent instead of private certificate of occupancy (PC of O).

The new law titled: “Land Use Act Title Documentation Regulations, 2012”, covered by Section 34 of the Land Use Act was signed by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.

A press statement signed by Alhaji Moshood Adebisi, an official in Land Bureau, explained that applicants seeking to register their interest in respect of land bought from vendors and in possession of such land before March 29th 1978, only need Governor’s Consent and not (PCof O)”.

According to the statement, “Instead of Private Certificate of Occupancy, applicants who bought land from such vendors only need to obtain Governor’s Consent to the transfers/transaction in line with the said new regulations”.

He hinted that applicants are expected to submit application form obtained from Lands Bureau Registry, Land Information Certificate, Transfer of Interest Document and should be accompanied with the purchase receipt showing the actual date of purchase, survey plan, statutory fees among other things,

The new regulation also frowned at applicant procuring a backdated receipt, as anyone who engages in such act shall be prosecuted, the statement added.

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