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Registering Property in Malawi

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Registering property in Malawi takes approximately 88 days as compared to about 81 days for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. This piece outlines the general technical procedures for registering property in Malawi, according to the Doingbusiness.org database by the World Bank. The procedures listed are based on an entrepreneur purchasing property, consisting of land and a building, in the major economic hub of the country.  The property is already registered and free from title disputes.

Use this as a guide while you complete the process and consult with agents carrying out work on your behalf.  Additional notes may be found at the Doingbusiness.org website here.

Technical Procedures

The steps involved in registering property in Blantyre, Malawi are:

  1. Search for encumbrances at the Lands Registry.
  2. Obtain City rates clearance certificate.
  3. Apply to Ministry of Lands for consent to transfer the property.
  4. Obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate from the Malawi Revenue Authority.
  5. Have the conveyance deed stamped at the Registrar General’s office.
  6. Apply for registration at the Deeds Registry.

Note: Just before you begin the process to purchase, or register, a property, confirm details with knowledgeable entities.  Policies and procedures may alter between the time of this publication and when you start the process.  The World Bank provides a list of local partners that helped collect and document business-related procedures here.

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