10.What information is on the property deed-TAPU?
The official document that proves property ownership is called a TAPU. This is similar to a title deed but also includes a passport photo of the current owner.
The following are the details that are found on the TAPU document for your information
2) PHOTOGRAPH OF OWNER(S)
3) REGISTRATION NUMBER
4) CURRENT USAGE OF LAND
5) M2 OFLAND AND PROPERTY
6) OWNERSHIP TYPE
7) FRACTION OF OWNERSHIP
8) REASON FOR TRANSACTION
9) NAME OF OWNER(S)
10) PREVIOUSLY DATED (IF APPLICABLE)
11) PREVIOUS FILE LOCATION (IF APPLICAPBLE)
12) CURRENT FILE LOCATION
13) CHANGE DATE
14) DIRECTOR OF LAND REGISTRY SIGNATURE
The rest of the TAPU is for official use only. It must be sealed with an official stamp at the bottom of the page and signed by a TAPU official. Passport photos of the owners are placed at the top right hand corner of the document; they are also stamped and signed by an official.
If a photocopy of a TAPU is given for inspection the copy should be notarised by a notary public, this is vital to ensure it is legitimate. To check the legitimacy of the seller, cross reference the names on the TAPU with the individuals photo ID card.
The civil engineering office can check if the coordinates of the property as listed on the TAPU are correct. A TAPU document can be checked at any time by the Land Registry Office.
If required, TAPU officials are authorised to make a footnote on the document to prohibit any unsolicited ownership transfers. This ensures the property cannot be sold or transferred to third parties.