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Land Registry expects to register more than three million properties in five years

It is expected that by 2026 more than three million properties will be registered under the Land Registry Massification Program. The program also foresees the installation of 27 land registry offices in all provincial capitals and in some municipalities.

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In a statement, the government explains that the first phase of the program, which began last month, on March 5, will include "the registration of all the centralities built by the Executive and several confiscated properties, in order to allow citizens, with installments paid in full, to have ownership of their homes.

According to the program's spokesperson, Yara de Carvalho, the registry offices, the General Tax Administration (AGT), and the municipal administrations are "integrated in a technological platform, which makes the process of registering properties faster.

Quoted in the statement, the official explained that this system allows the population to view their documentation online. "The goal is to take the land registry service to all municipalities and attract citizens to the massification program, so that they can go to a land registry office, municipal administration, and tax office to obtain more information in case of doubt," she said.

Yara de Carvalho admitted that the success of the program "depends on the sensitization and orientation of the citizens".

She also made it known that many citizens think that the land concession document already gives them ownership of the property, and for this reason, they are not used to registering: "Citizens still don't have the habit of registering their properties, because they think that the land concession document already guarantees ownership of the property".

Another reason that justifies the low number of property registrations is connected with the fact that many of the citizens still don't have identity cards. "Sometimes, the citizen doesn't register his property because he lacks an identity card," he said.

To try to get around the problem the "Ministry of Justice launched, some time ago, a Massification Campaign of the Civil Registry, to allow the citizen to treat the Identity Card and, consequently, register his property."

According to the note, people who own land must first register the property with the municipal administration to then be able to obtain the land title documentation. After this process, "the citizen must submit all the documentation to a land registry office," explained Yara de Carvalho.

The Land Registry Massification Program, according to its spokesperson, will allow the State to have better control of its own assets as well as raise "more revenue for its coffers.

"The citizen who does not register his property will lose benefits, especially when he wants a bank loan," she warned.

According to the statement, "the land registration and the public deed of the property cost 25 thousand kwanzas. However, properties under three million kwanzas are exempt from payment of the Urban Property Tax.

As for the evaluation of the properties, this is done "by technicians who travel to the site before the concession of the title". According to the note, "the administrations have teams that measure the space and calculate per square meter, to find the value of the tax.

The Land Registry Massification Program was created with the purpose of regulating and modernizing the state's housing assets, "since a large part of the properties in the country, some owned by private individuals, were not registered."

The first phase of the program, which is currently underway, has a duration of 18 months and besides including State patrimony it will also include patrimony from citizens and companies, and will "also register the residences in the peripheral areas".

Yara de Carvalho also emphasized that "all the simplification and debureaucratization mechanisms are created so that the citizen has the title of his property".

About the centralities, the responsible person added that who already has the property fully paid can ask for its ownership. For those who still don't have it totally paid for, "but who live under a resolutable income regime, a provisional registration is done", explaining that after "making the payment of the last installment the promoting entity will issue a purchase and sale contract, so that the deed can be done".