By James Martin
At a time land barons are running amok fleecing residential stands seekers, here are some simple tips a residential stand seeker needs to take to avoid being duped by dishonest land dealers.
First of all, a residential stand applicant must go to City of Harare’s Mbare Remembrance and pay a sum of RTGS $200. The applicant is then placed on a waiting list for a minimum of six months before being eligible for interviews.
After six months, if the council identifies land for allocation, it invites the applicant for an interview. The applicant will be asked to pay an interview fee before the interview.
During the interview, the council is interested in finding out whether the applicant has the capacity not only to pay the residential stand fee but most importantly to develop it.
It is the council’s duty through its relevant departments to effect all the processes that has to do with land allocation approval which involves the central government through the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
If successful, the applicant will be contacted either through a telephone or by mail and will be asked to pay a deposit for the residential stand.
The applicant has room to make a once of payment or installments as per the offer letter conditions.
The public is thus advised that council land is sold by the council itself and also government land is sold by the government itself.
If the land is owned by a private developer, a beneficiary must check with the concerned developer for title deeds which must be in the developer’s name.
The beneficiary must also check the credentials of the authorities who approved the layout plan and a survey. There must be engineering designs for water, sewer and roads approved by the relevant authorities.
The applicant must also check for infrastructure on the land being developed including water, sewer and roads installed under supervision and approved to the City of Harare specifications. Building plans must have been approved by the City of Harare and the stand beneficiary must also ask for a certificate of compliance.
In rare cases would a residential stand applicant is left counting loses after adhering to these steps.