Process of Registering and Buying Property in Lesotho

Step 1: File for land inspection and surveying at the Ministry of Local Government

Completion Time Frame: 1 day
Completion Costs: no cost
Points to Note:
Parties should request an inspection is requested at the Local Government. Chief Land Surveyor should be present at this request.


Step 2: Inspection and surveying of the property

Completion Time Frame: 14 days
Completion Costs: no cost
Points to Note:
The surveyors of the Municipality will inspect the survey and prepare a report. Parties must provide transportation to the surveyors if they do not have it.


Step 3: Submit the deed of transfer and application to a lawyer or legal practitioner

Completion Time Frame: 5 days
Completion Costs: LSL 2,500
Points to Note:
The participation of a lawyer or legal practitioner is required by law.


Step 4: Land transfer application filed for government approval at the Ministry of Local Government

Completion Time Frame: 75 days
Completion Costs: LSL 10
Points to Note:
Ministerial consent is required by section 35 of the Land Act NÂș.17 of 1979. This step can take up to 3 years. If this is not completed within the 12 month fiscal year beginning April 1, one must start the process again.


Step 5: Lodge the deed with the Registrar of Deeds

Completion Time Frame: 5 days
Completion Costs: LSL 2,000 (lawyer fees) + (LSL 70 + 3% of purchase price over LSL 7000) (Stamp Duty) + (LSL 300 + 4% of purchase price over LSL 10000) (Transfer Duty) + LSL 2.50 (registration fee)
Points to Note:
The parties lodge the deed with the Registrar of Deeds for examination of compliance with the provisions of the Deeds Registry Act No. 12 of 1967. Registration fees, Stamp Duty, and Transfer Duty are paid at the Registrar of Deeds.
The formula to calculate Stamp Duty payable on immovable property is:
Transaction amount Duty payable
Under LSL 7000 1%
Over LSL 7000 LSL 70 + 3% for value exceeding 7000

The formula to calculate Transfer Duty payable on immovable property is:
Transaction amount Duty payable
Under LSL 10000 3%
All other amounts 3% on first LSL 10000 + 4% for value exceeding 10000

It is not unusual for a few people to hold a title to the same piece of land. Majority foreign-owned companies cannot own land.


Step 6: Collect lease deed at the Registry of Deeds

Completion Time Frame: 1 day
Completion Costs: LSL 2.50 (already paid in Step 5)
Points to Note:
Parties collect original + one copy, and one copy is left at the Registry of Deeds.

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