Certificate of Occupancy

Do you know what a Certificate of Occupancy is or why it is deemed the most important document to a land owner or property buyer in Nigeria? A Certificate of Occupancy, also known as the C of O is a document issued by state governments in Nigeria to landowners and property buyers as a legitimate proof of ownership. This document also spells out what the land can be used for; residential, commercial or mixed development.

The government is constitutionally mandated to issue the Certificate of Occupancy because all lands in the state are vested in the Governor of the State. This is clearly spelt out in the Land Use Act 1978. Lagos Sate Ministry of Housing

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