The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) is drawing up a work plan that would key into the government’s development plan, the chairman of the chapter, Mr. Olurogba Orinmalade said at a meeting with professionals in the real estate sector at Ikeja, recently.
Orinmalade, who said members of the institution in the state were satisfied with the 50% slash in the LUC for commercial properties, described the Ambode-led government as a listening government and pledged his association’s support for the new law and all other progressive decisions of the government.
“We are committed to working with the present Lagos State administration to make the new law succeed and we have already set up a technical committee to come up in 10 days, with directions, recommendations and position of the Institution on the law in order to collaborate with the government for a better society.”
Also at the meeting, Vice President Nigeria Institute of Architects, Arc. Ifeoma George said “This is a listening government and we propose that stakeholders should continue to be carried along in all government dealings, going forward.”
Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, took the opportunity to further enumerate other reliefs entailed in the amended Land Use Charge Law.
He emphasised that the government was open to further discussions on how to solve the challenges plaguing infrastructural financing and investments.
He also stated that there would be “no penalty for late payment in this 2018 regime as earlier stipulated.” He explained that “the amended Land Use Charge Law is a property tax that consolidates the tenement rate, Neighbourhood Improvement rate, and Ground rent.
Outside of the commercial properties, properties occupied by owners and third party used for commercial purposes will get a further 25% discount, while a wholly owner-occupied property will get an additional 15% discount as graciously pronounced by the government. In addition to these, all the other reliefs enumerated at the inception of the amended law remains valid. These include 40% general relief across board, meaning that whatever is the value of the property, 40% will be deducted and the charge will only be calculated on the remaining 60%.
“For elder citizens above 70years old, there is an additional 10% discount. For those living with any form of disability, there is also 10% discount while properties that are 25 years old and above will also enjoy another 10% discount. Above all, payments can be staggered across the year to soothe the economic convenience of the payer.”
The Commissioner also emphasised that self-assessment of property would be encouraged to help individuals calculate their charges appropriately.
“They are allowed to use their independent Estate Valuers to assess their property and bring such discrepancies up to the government for reconciliation.” The state government, according to the Commissioner for Finance, is opened to discussions and ever willing and ready to dialogue on the Land Use Charge Law or any other government policy for that matter.
The stakeholders present at the meeting said they appreciated
efforts of the state government to turn around the infrastructural fortunes of the state. They pledged their loyalty and support to the government, particularly in its efforts to make Lagos a mega city.
Thus, members of the Estate Agents Association present, pledged to partner with the state government in advising the landlords to pay Land Use Charge.
The stakeholders meeting had in attendance professional associations and bodies like Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Faculty of Estate Agency and Auctioneering, International Real Estate Federation, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Association of Builders and Property Developers, and Association of Town Planners and Estate Agents of Nigeria.