Ayo Adekunle & Associates is a registered estate surveying and valuation
firm which has been in existence since 2016 with the goal of rendering professional services
One of the most important ways of laying claim to ownership of land as well as in any land/landed properties' transactions is by having title documents that are relevant and recognized by various government statues and laws on such land and landed properties. The presentation of any of these title documents will help make such ownership claim or transaction become legitimate after proper verification from the appropriate government agencies in charge of all land and landed properties' matters
We help with the procurement of title documents for our clients' properties following due processes. These are the titles we procure on our clients' behalf
This is the most important land title document used to certify the legal and ownership status of any land in Nigeria irrespective of its usage. A Certificate of Occupancy is the land title document that is delivered to the owner of a piece or larger parcel of land by the government attesting to the owner’s title to the land whose ownership is in accordance with the applicable law.
The Land Use Act introduced the right of occupancy system in Nigeria. Right of occupancy is a right to use and occupy land in accordance with the provisions of the Land Use Act. Right of occupancy is completely different from ownership of land known under both customary and common laws which exists before the promulgation of the Land Use Act.
It is the right granted to an individual or corporate organization over a plot or parcel of land in an approved government layout. The right is for a period normally, a maximum of 99 years lease is granted for residential purpose, while other uses range from 35 to 70 years depending on the value of improvements.
This is a very important document that must be demanded for and given to a purchaser after the conclusion of any land/property transaction between such purchaser/buyer and the owner/seller of the land/landed property in question.
A Deed of Assignment therefore is an agreement where an assignor states his promise that from the date of the assignment or any date stipulated therein, the assignor assigns his ownership in that Land to the assignee.
Any recorded Deed of Assignment at the appropriate land registry will be authenticated in form of either a Governor’s consent or Registered Conveyance after it has been stamped at the Stamp Duties office.
The use of Deed of Lease was quite common from the passage of the Land Use Act in 1978 to transfer property especially government properties in Ikoyi, Surulere, Victoria Island axis of Lagos state during the mid-70s and 80s after the promulgation of the Land Use Act. These lands were mostly federal government lands and high profile lands and it was the first foray into the issuance of the certificate of occupancies for the first time to people.
This is another relevant tile document in any land and landed property ownership/transactions. It is the legal document duly signed and stamped indicating land and landed property transaction between a leaseholder of land sub-leasing his/her unexpired lease term to a third party.
This is a document of title as to the ownership of a piece or large parcel of land issued by a government’s land registry for registered freehold or leasehold lands in Nigeria prior to the promulgation of the Land Use Act of 1978.Land Certificate was usually issued to owners of land and landed properties when the Property Conveyance Law of 1959 was still in effect.
It refers to the Prima facie evidence of land ownership prior to the promulgation of the Land Use Act which vests on lands in the governor of each state of the federation.
Mortgage is defined as the transfer of interest in land as security for the discharge of a debt or the performance of an obligation subject to redemption.
This is another important title document that helps to reveal the true ownership status in any land and landed properties’ transactions. It also helps to reveal if such land is not under any government acquired or committed lands/area.
In a situation where the land to be purchased by the prospective buyer is just a bare land without any improvement or building on it, it is compulsory for the buyer to carry out a proper scrutiny on the authentication of the land survey plan at the appropriate survey ministry or agency so as to establish the rightful owner of the land and if the land to be purchased does not fall under any known government acquired or committed land.
We always carry out a thorough search at the appropriate government lands registry to determine the true ownership status of any land and landed property prior to final completion of the real estate transaction.