STEPS TO TAKE IN THE ACQUISITION OF LAND IN CAMEROON
1.VISIT THE LAND.
It is important to visit the land you will like to buy( avoid delegating the inspection to a third party).Inorder to carry out investigation and find out;
A.If there are any incumbrances on the land.
•Find out if the land is mortgaged
•Ask if there is any dispute or pending litigation over the land.
•Check if there is any building or sand on the land.
•If the land is accessible.
•Avoid land beside rivers etc as this will be considered government land.
B.Inquire about the mercurial of the zone.
This will aid in the Negociation e.g the price of land in Bastos can not be thesame like that in Nkoulfoulou or Tchinga village.While the mercurial at Ngousso is presently at 20,000frs/m2 that of Nkoulfoulou is still at 6000frs/m2.
C.Visit the land with a Land surveyor for confirmation of specifications.
2.AFTER VISITING THE LOCUS IN QUO(the land).
Inquire from the vendor if he is the proprietor of the land or simply a vendor.
A.Where he declares to be the proprietor of the land.
•Request he produces the Certificate of ownership(Certificat de proprièté) alongside his National Identity Card to ensure that he is intact the real owner of the land.
B.Where he is simply a vendor.
Demand for the power of attorney delegating such powers to him,his National identity card and the Number on the land title(Numero du Titre Foncier).
3.VISIT THE LAND REGISTRY.
Go to the land Registry(Conservation Foncier)with the number of the land title(avec me numero duTitre Foncier)for investigation.
4.VISIT A NOTARY..
Note that in cases of buying and selling of land the vendee is to pick a Notary of his choice.
You are to pay for the land only before a Notary Public.After which the Notary will draft a Sales Agreement or Deed of conveyance(Acte de vente) and hand to the vendee.
Purview of my competence as a Notary Public of the South West Region.
By Shella Fru esq