Transfer of Home Ownership to be accompanied with evidence, Lagos insists 


CITIZENS COMPASS –Henceforth, all transactions as regards transfer of home ownership must be accompanied with concrete evidence in Lagos State.

This is in a bid to eradicate fraud in transfer of Home ownership and protect the interest of allottees in case of loss of Home ownership documents.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Engr. Abdulhafis Toriola, gave the hint during a strategic Management meeting in his Alausa office on Monday, July 8, 2024.

He advised members of the public to ensure that applications relating to transfer of Home Ownership are to be accompanied with evidence of Home Ownership, Search Conduct Result and a valid means of identification in cases of loss of Home Ownership Document.

According to him,” an allottee who applies for Transfer of Ownership must accompany his/her application with a letter of allocation, payment receipts and a valid means of identification to be submitted to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing.

He said the move is to ascertain the genuineness of claims of ownership by applicants for proper transfer which has become necessary in view of the increased incidents of false claims uncovered by the Ministry.

However, the Permanent Secretary disclosed that henceforth Home owners applying for replacement of loss of documents must attach Home owner(s) National Identification Card (NIN card),Police Report and Loss of Document in National Newspaper to the application for processing and confirmation of ownership.

He stated further that, all applications relating to housing transactions in the State are to be accompanied with evidence of valid Tax Clearance Certificate of the applicant, including applicant serving in public or civil service  for Application of Home unit, Change of Ownership or Loss of Home Ownership document. 

The Permanent Secretary said that all housing construction and provision of infrastructure facilities in the State are funded by taxpayers money adding that beneficiaries of these projects must have evidence of personal income tax.

Toriola warned that the Ministry will not process any application that does not include the aforementioned documents.

He then enjoined the citizenry to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the State Government in prioritizing the completion of all ongoing housing projects in order to reduce the housing deficit in the State and the Nation at large.


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