Tips to beat the land fraudsters
A prospective land purchaser should:
- Visit the land and physically inspect it.
- Talk to all the neighbors in the vicinity of the land in order to confirm that the purported seller is in fact the rightful owner. If there are any disputes, do not buy.
- Meet the actual owner of land and not merely his / her purported agents. Come with him / her or representative to the Land registry to verify the land in question.
- Hire a registered Advocate to act on your behalf in the land transaction, as the acquisition of land is a technical legal process.
- Consult a reputable Valuer or our Government Valuers to establish a fair market value forthe parcel of land on offer. Property offered for sale at throw away prices and in a great hurry may not always be genuine. The buyer should insist on seeing the original land title and should bring it to the Land registry for verification before money changes hands.