what you need to know about buying a property in lagos

👤By Anthony Ebere đź“…April 29, 2023🏷Real Estate||Lifestyle||Research Analysis

Purchase property anywhere can seem like a daunting task and the case is not any different in Lagos State. In the article below we highlight 4 key things you need to know about buying property in  Lagos.

Planning and Regulatory Laws you should know about

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority Bill (LASRERA)This law prohibits any unregistered or non-licensed individual from being engaged in real estate transactions in its State.

While unlicensed real estate agents have previously led the charge with regards to real estate transactions in Lagos, identifying licensed agents in the market has been made easier through several platforms including Amen Estate city Limited, where you can search the directory page for different top real estate professionals as well as their contact information.

The Land Use Charge Law (2018) 

This law mandates that a land-based charge is payable on real properties in Lagos State, Nigeria with each Local Government Council Area empowered to levy and collect the charge for its area of jurisdiction as the Collecting Authority. 

And Registration Law of the Lagos State Passed in 2015 this law creates a  balance in the registration of land titles, documents and transactions. Previously, registration of land was not uniform but the enacting of this law makes provision for registration of title to land in Lagos state and harmonization of laws relating to land registration in Lagos state.

The Conveyancing process simplified

While the conveyancing process is usually the most challenging part of buying property. Lack of knowledge on the main documents required can lengthen it even further. Below we highlight the major documents you need to obtain to complete your property purchase.

1. Certificate of Occupancy (C of O)

This is a document issued by the government to the lessee of the land, to own and use the land for 99 years. Only one C of O can be given on a parcel of land. This means that if an owner with a C of O decides to sell his property, another C of O cannot be assigned on that same land. The buyer would need another document that proves he is the owner of the land usually through the Governor’s consent.

2. Governor’s  Consent

This is a document signed by the governor to consent on the transfer of a property from one person to another. 

This is especially important in cases where agents sell land to many people at the same time. 

This whole process according to the state government should not exceed more than 30 days. However, in reality it can take up to 3 to 6 months. 

3. Deed of Assignment

This is a document that shows that the seller has transferred all his rights and interests to the buyer. It is usually prepared by the lawyer of the buyer and then vetted by the seller and his lawyer, and then signed. This document contains the details of the transaction and description of the property being sold and is only considered legit upon registration in the land registry and obtaining of  the governor’s consent.

4. Deed of Conveyance

This document is similar to a deed of assignment. It was previously considered  proof of ownership of a property/land until the Land Use Act 1978 came into effect. Some old houses in parts of Lagos still have these as their title documents. 

5. Survey Plan

This is a document that shows the boundaries of a parcel of land along with its measurement and description. It is usually obtained from the office of the Surveyor General in Lagos.

6. Deed of Mortgage

This document is required in the instance that financing is required. It gives the mortgagee (lender of a loan) an interest in the property. If the borrower of the loan defaults on loan payment, the holder of the document can take possession of the property. 

7. Contract of Sale, Letter of Allocation, and Receipts

The contract of sale document is a document that indicates the purchase of a property while the letter of allocation shows that a property or land has been allocated to an individual, either from the state or a private developer. 

On the other hand, a payment receipt indicates that the seller has received a specific amount of money for the sale of the property in question. 

Even though these three are important evidence of a land or property transaction, they do not stand as legal title documents and they cannot be perceived as a deed of assignment.

Understanding market prices, fees and taxes,OF PLOT OF LAND VARIOUS AREAS IN LAGOS(april, 2023)

Generally, the cost of land is not the same for all areas in the country. The various depends on the factors we earlier listed in this write-ups. Following this, below is the view of the cost of land in Lagos.

The various Of Prices Of Land In The Country Is Related To The Location.

Prices of properties across Lagos state vary according to the location. The most expensive areas in Lagos are typically found in the Island areas, and these include: Lekki Phase 1, Victoria Island, and Ikoyi areas. On the mainland, the main residential areas include: Yaba, Surulere, Ikeja GRA, Magodo, Ikorodu, etc. The average land prices per area are as  illustrated in the map below. For example, an area like Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki to Ajah, Lagos, which is one of the most prestigious office in Nigeria, had the highest land prices at N400,000 (US$1,111) per square meter(sqm).

There was a slight decrease in Victoria Island, which is considered the the commercial business district of Lagos. In this area this area, land prices averaged N200,000 (US$556) per square meter (sqm). Also, the state capitals, Ikeja, had an average land price of N113,000 (US$314) per square meters (sqm), in H2 2018 according to the report.

The review of other areas like Ibeju-Lekki, Epe, Surulere and Ikorodu, it’s seen that they have relatively cheaper land price. Land in some places in Ibeju-Lekki and Surulere ranges from N52,000 (US$114) per square meter (sqm) and as low as N6,000 (US$17) per square meters (sqm) in some part of areas mentioned as above.

Purchase property anywhere, can seem like a daunting task and the case is not any different in Lagos State.

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority Bill (LASRER

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