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I was contacted to buy a land, what are the documents I should look out for to know if the land is genuine?

Real EstateAsked - May 2 2017, 08:48 PM

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Reply by Adegoke Akanbi (Lawyer)

Documents are the last thing to look at when considering to buy a property. First see the land you want to buy. Then meet the owner in person. Then, last you can ask for documents showing title. Then do search and verification at lands registry

Posted - May 2 2017, 09:07 PM


When you want to purchase a land, apart from physical inspection of the land you should ask if the land is a customary land (local govt land) or one with C of O. A customary land would require 1. an approval (receipt) from the chief of that village 2. sale agreement or deed of assignment 3. A right of occupancy on the land. A land with a C of O would require 1. A deed of assignment 2. A certificate of occupancy 3. and usually a survey plan

Posted - May 3 2017, 11:36 AM


In states like FCT, lands can be verified using AGIS (Abuja Geographic Information System). This can save you a lot of headache in knowing the genuineness of a land. others states verify their lands through the state land registry. Also, it would be wise to ask neighbors in that locality about the history of the land as well.

Posted - May 3 2017, 11:40 AM

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