Building Collapse

LAND SURVEYORS CAN HELP REDUCE BUILDING COLLAPSE IN NIGERIA

Two recent stories in the Punch Nigeria newspaper show that building collapse is still rife in the country. According to the first story, Nigeria recorded a total of 43 building collapse cases in 2019. This is quite high. Despite the efforts being made by the government to curb this menace, the number of building collapse cases hasn’t reduced. In the second story, the National Assembly…

Site work at Ibeju-Lekki

Your Lawyer is not a Registered Surveyor

Over the years, I have observed something in the real estate industry. A lot of clients believe that their lawyer knows everything about property acquisition. This is not right. The fact that your friend is a lawyer does not mean that he is a real estate lawyer. Not all lawyers are skilled in real estate matters. Lawyers have specialties. Your friend can be an intellectual…

Dont’ buy land because others are buying

Most times people who want to buy land often fall victim of what is called Bandwagon Effect. They buy because others have bought. They use the fact that others have bought and have probably started building as a yardstick for determining if the land is good or not. They say “all this people that have bought cannot be wrong”. This is a wrong strategy and…

How much for Registered Survey?

A lot of times when we receive calls from potential clients, the only question they ask is “How much for Registered Survey in….?”. It is understandable that, considering the cost of survey in Lagos and Ogun, most of them want to know how much a Registered Survey will cost but the truth is it is not the most important question. The important question they should…

Importance of a Deed of Gift

This year we have had 2 clients who needed a signed Deed of Gift but didn’t have one. The father of our first client was a politician. He had a big parcel of land somewhere in Alimosho but he died unexpectedly and didn’t leave any land document with his lawyer or any of his children. The good thing is that the children are not fighting…

Right of Ways and Setbacks for Proper Building Planning

Right of Way and Setback knowledge are important to avoid building illegal structures (structures that don’t conform with urban planning rules) . According to the Ministry of Physical Planning website, a setback is the distance to be observed between the building line and property boundary, water bodies, right of ways of infrastructure facilities and utilities. Below are the setbacks for the different right of ways.…

TIPS ON CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR IN NIGERIA

A Professional Land Surveyor renders a highly technical service in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes and court decisions set forth by the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON). Because of the special skills and complexities involved in surveying land, the government of Nigeria via its various agencies limits the practice to only those surveyors duly registered by the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON). In order…

Land Banking with Wisdom

If you are doing Land Banking, please do it with wisdom. Land Banking is not just about buying a big parcel of land, waiting for some years for the value to appreciate and selling it. The success of land banking depends a lot on what you do during the “waiting period”. During this period, you need to monitor your land. Asking someone living in the…

2019 NIS AGM AWKA

We were present at the just concluded 2019 Nigeria Institution of Surveyors Annual General Meeting held at Amazon Event Center, Awka, Anambra State. The AGM lasted for one week (June 17th – 21st) and Surveyors from all over the country were in attendance. Important issues affecting the survey profession were deliberated on, technical papers were presented, new instruments were exhibited and there was plenty of…

BEFORE BUYING LAND WITH C OF O, CHECK THE SURVEY PLAN

BEFORE BUYING LAND WITH C OF O, CHECK THE SURVEY PLAN When acquiring a property, it is always important to know if the property has a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or some other title. But it is more important to know if the C of O is defective. It is not uncommon for errors to be made during land title preparation. One thing…