Real Estate Sponsorship

HOW TO ACQUIRE LAND IN BULK WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT

Believe it or not, a lot of real estate companies selling land in Nigeria acquired their lands from families without paying for the land. Yes, they did not pay for the land! Instead, they paid for something that the family wanted and in return, the family gave them land. This method of land acquisition is generally called Sponsorship and in most times, it is far…

Survey Plan

AVOID BACKDATED SURVEY PLANS

Recently, I have been getting enquires about backdated survey plans and I don’t understand why. People call to find out about the cost of survey and after I tell them the cost, the next question is, “how much for the backdated one?”. If you are negotiating with a surveyor and he says there are two types of survey; current survey and backdated survey please hang…

Jetty Survey in Apapa

BEWARE OF THE CHEAPEST PRICE GANG

My dear professional colleagues, I am sure you are all very familiar with phone calls that begin like this: Hello Surveyor, please how much for Registered Survey for a plot of land at Ibeju-Lekki? Hello Engineer, please how much for raft foundation for half plot at Abijo? Hello Barrister, please how much for deed of assignment for 2 plots at Okota? Hello Architect, please how…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Requirements for Granting of Village Excision in Lagos

If you are planning on applying for excision in Lagos state, here are the requirements. 1) Application letter by the intending villagers or community on letterhead paper, addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau. 2) Sunprint perimeter survey plan of the land requested for excision 3) Brief profile/history of the village/community containing: a)Name of Oba/Baale or community head b)Population c)Occupation of inhabitants 4)Locaton sketch of…