You need a lawyer when buying Land-Kwame Gyan
Mr. Gyan revealed that most land sellers intentionally change locality names and sell to people thus those purchasing land should be vigilan
A lecturer and a private legal practitioner, Kwame Gyan has cautioned Ghanaians against buying Lands without seeking advice and help from Lawyers.
According to him, most of the people who are defrauded when buying land, usually do so without the express advice and help of lawyers.
“Some people bought land at Nungua farms, Borteyman, and came for me to verify things for them. When I checked the site plan, the coordinates showed that the Land was rather at Ashalaja. He however believed that the land he bought was at Nungua,” he noted.
“Therefore you don’t just assume you have fully purchased a Land once the owner gives you consent or certifies. You also have to go to the Lands Commission to check the land records. Also, it is not every land in Ghana that has its records at the Lands Commission,” he added.
Speaking on Neat FM, Mr.Kwame Gyan also mentioned that the act of purchasing land in Ghana is not a child’s play. Thus Ghanaians must attach the needed seriousness to it by getting lawyers to assist them.
“One is likely to use his or her life savings to purchase land. Therefore why don’t you get a lawyer to assist and guide you to protect such life savings from going to waste? At times when those selling land see that the purchaser has involved a lawyer, they start to behave awkwardly towards their new clients,”he indicated.
Furthermore, Mr. Gyan revealed that most land sellers intentionally change locality names and sell to people thus those purchasing land should be vigilant.
“When you consider Lizzy Sports Complex area, that whole area is called Bawaleshie and Oteele and belongs to some people called Klana korta. That area now has areas like East Legon, East Legon extension,” Mr.Gyan noted.
“Some people sold land to a client of mine at the location. Per the document given to him, they stated that the area is called New Nungua. When he brought the document to me, I burst into laughter and told him that the area name was wrong. Also, I realized they had given him a 99-year lease which is wrong cos he is not a Ghanaian. A foreigner cannot hold a lease in Ghana for more than 50 years. However, he had paid huge sums of money to the supposed landowners,”he added.
In conclusion, he noted that the above could be avoided when Ghanaians get the services of lawyers at a comparatively less expensive price when purchasing lands.