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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
The Jamaica land agency was established in 2001 to bring together the core land functions of Jamaica under the National Land Agency.
In this division, you will be able to obtain information on:
The Surveys and Mapping department provides technical services for the National Land Agency through aerial photographs, surveys and land information. The department also supervises contracts executed on the agency’s behalf.
This department manages the assets of the Commissioner of Lands. This responsibility includes overseeing the divesting of lands by lease of sale, land acquired for public purposes and the management of land settlement schemes.
If you are the owner of the land but you don’t have the registered title these are the steps to apply to the Registrar of Titles:
If the application was not made by plan, then a detailed description of the land concerning landmarks and any names by which the land is known must be given.
Each case is different; as such, other documents may be required to prove ownership of the land.
No matter if the land is being transferred by gift, pursuant to testamentary, or for value, the process is still quite tedious. The process can take up to 6 weeks to be completed.
It is often advised to retain a lawyer to aid the process and to ensure all the documents are accurately presented before they are sent to the relevant agencies which in this case are the Tax Administration Jamaica and the National Land Agency.
Land transfers will require the payment of all outstanding government fees and Property taxes before they are in effect. In addition to those payments, a 2% transfer tax, the Stamp Duty fee (at TAJ) and the 0.05% Market Value tax must be paid unless exemptions were made.
If you identify land owned by the government that you wish to purchase, your letter of application must be submitted to the Commissioner of Lands. In this letter, you should indicate your interest in acquiring these lands.
Once the NLA receives the title and the relevant fees are paid then, it will only take 5 working days for the purchaser’s name to be added to the title. However, there are quite a few steps to note before getting here.
This is done by visiting the National Land Agency and submitting the necessary documents to support your interest. However, you should have identified the land before heading to the NLA.
The Stamp duty is currently JMD 5,000, and the registration fee is calculated as 0.5% of the purchase price. Both costs are to be shared equally between the purchaser and vendor.
The monies should be paid to the Registrar of Title located at 23 1/2 Charles Street, Kingston.
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Jamaica Land Agency | Written: September 29, 2022