Tax Law And Practice In Zimbabwe PdfBy Terry W. In and pdf 20.04.2021 at 23:37 8 min read
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ICLG - Real Estate Laws and Regulations - Zimbabwe covers key topics relating to practical points and commercial terms in leasing, investment, development, and financing in 20 jurisdictions. Laws relating to leases of business premises should be listed in response to question Those relating to zoning and environmental should be listed in response to question Those relating to tax should be listed in response to questions in Section 9.
The right to ownership is enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The Bill of Rights, in particular sections 71 and 72, provides for property rights in general and rights to agricultural land.
Every person has the right, in Zimbabwe, to acquire, hold, occupy, use, transfer, lease, hypothecate, or dispose of all forms of property. It also establishes rights to immovable property, the creation of servitudes and leases and other limited rights to property. There are various other statutes that regulate real estate law but the aforementioned are the key statutes. The common law in Zimbabwe is Roman Dutch law and it applies to real estate.
Much of the common law has been codified and contained in various legislation which govern real estate. Please ignore EU legislation enacted locally in EU countries. International laws are not relevant to real estate in Zimbabwe unless they have been adopted locally. Currently, there are no restrictions on foreign ownership or occupation in Zimbabwe.
Section 71 2 of the Constitution provides that every person shall have the right to own all forms of property. Are any of them purely contractual between the parties? The property rights which are recognised by Zimbabwe law may be categorised as real rights and personal rights.
Personal rights are contractual and are only binding between the parties involved, whereas real rights are binding on everyone. Generally speaking, registration is required to convey ownership of land from one person to another but in certain rare cases the courts will recognise the right of beneficial ownership without registration.
Generally, the landowner is also the owner of all structures integrated with or affixed to the land, including crops, buildings, machinery, wells, dams, ponds, mines, canals and roads, among other things. There are instances where, contractually, parties may conclude an agreement to the effect that whatever improvements are made on the property remain the property of one party, while another owns the land. In other scenarios, an agreement might provide that the landowner will retain the improvements subject to compensation being paid.
There is no separate procedure for the registration of a right to a building but the law relating to a sectional title allows co-owners of a piece of land to have exclusive rights of occupation of that piece of land and any buildings thereon. Are there any proposals to change this? A common example is in the case of a holder of a lease, which has a tenure of a period of not less than 10 years. Sections 65 to 70 of the Deeds Registries Act [Chapter ] provide for the registration of leases at the Deeds Office.
Section 69 provides for the hypothecation of leases and sub-leases by means of a mortgage bond. Where the land leased is mortgaged or subject to the rights of any other person, the consent of the mortgagee is required prior to registration of the lease. There are currently no proposals to change these consequences. What land or rights are unregistered?
Land in Zimbabwe is classified into various groups, namely, communal land, agricultural land, residential land, and land which vests in the State. In terms of section 4 of the Communal Lands Act [Chapter ], all communal land is vested in the President and requires no registration.
Occupants may use this land, in accordance with the Act. Rights to that land are limited to occupation and use for agricultural and residential purposes.
These rights are determined by customary law and in some cases, where a permit has been obtained. Communal land is not registrable. State land is registrable at the Deeds Registry. It is governed by the Rural Lands Act [Chapter ]. The relevant Minster, acting in terms of the Act, may acquire any land and direct the Registrar of Deeds to cancel title deeds in respect of that land. Upon cancellation, the land will vest in the State. Agricultural land is governed by various statutes and more importantly, by the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
Residential land is registrable in the Deeds Registry. What does it guarantee? What if any is the consequence of non-registration?
Real rights and limited real rights are compulsorily registrable. Common examples are ownership and mortgages. In addition, an example of rights in land that are not registrable is found in short-term leases.
In terms of section 2 of the Deeds Registries Act [Chapter ] any lease that is subject to a tenure of less than 10 years is short term. Please give details. First registration means the occasion upon which unregistered land or rights are first registered in the registries. There is no probationary period following first registration. The right takes effect from the date of registration of the deed in the Deeds Registry. Do earlier rights defeat later rights? Real rights take priority from the date that they are registered.
Common examples where some rights obtain priority over others are found in the case of mortgage bonds and registered lessees. If more than one please specify their differing rules and requirements.
There are two deeds registries in Zimbabwe. One is in the capital city Harare, and the second is in the second largest city, Bulawayo. Each office has jurisdiction over a specified area, meaning a piece of land may be recorded in one of the two registries.
A landowner proves title by means of producing a deed of transfer. A mortgagee will prove title by means of a bond. Where a lease is registered, the lease holder will prove title by means of a notarial deed. What documents need to be provided to the land registry for the registration of ownership right?
Can information on ownership of registered real estate be accessed electronically? The deeds registries in Bulawayo and Harare operate a manual system.
Electronic registrations are not yet in place and information cannot be accessed electronically. The documents required for registration of title include the Identity documents of the seller and purchaser, power of attorney where necessary , company resolutions where necessary , an agreement of sale, and documentation showing that all relevant government taxes have been paid. The system, though manual, is efficient and organised. Section 84 of the Act provides that no act or omission by any registrar or any officer employed in the deed registry shall render the State or such registrar liable for damage sustained by any person in consequence of an act or omission.
Can a buyer obtain all the information he might reasonably need regarding encumbrances and other rights affecting real estate and is this achieved by a search of the register? Information at the Deeds Registry is accessible and available for public viewing and inspection. A search fee is not required. However, should the enquirer wish to obtain a copy of any document kept at the registry, a fee is charged. A buyer may obtain any information that he may reasonably require.
Conveyancers, estate agents and legal practitioners are normally involved in a real estate transaction, and in some instances notaries public. This may be varied by agreement. I 28 of Where a general practitioner is needed, for instance, in the drafting of the agreement , the fee is regulated by the Tariff of the Law Society of Zimbabwe. The Law Society of Zimbabwe regulates the fees payable by conveyancers, notaries and general legal practitioners. What are the main sources of capital you see active in your market?
The main source of capital is through mortgages. There has been no real change in recent years. Please give examples. The appetite for investors to invest in Zimbabwe has improved, following the new political dispensation. Developments are awaited on the political front. The real estate, mining and renewable energy sectors are of most interest.
There must be an agreement of sale, preferably but not necessarily in writing, which identifies the property and specifies the price and the terms of payment. The basic principles of contract law will apply to a buyer and seller transactions.
What matters must be disclosed? The Seller has a duty to disclose defects on the property. A seller who is acting in good faith must also disclose any encumbrances on the title. Yes, if the purchaser acted on an untrue statement and as a result of it, entered into the sale agreement. The purchaser must have suffered loss as a result of the untrue statement.
The recourse available to a purchaser is to institute an action for damages. The seller is liable to the buyer for breach of any warranties made. What would be the scope of these? What is the function of any such guarantee or warranties e. Would any such guarantee or warranties act as a substitute for the buyer carrying out his own diligence? Sellers may give warranties and representations and these must be expressly stated in their sale agreements.
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