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LAGOS STATE LAND USE CHARGE: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON LAGOS LAND USE CHARGE

1. WHAT IS LAND USE CHARGE AND IS IT LEGAL?
Land Use Charge is a consolidation of all property and land based rates and charges payable under
Lands Rates, Neighborhood Improvement Charge and Tenement Rates Laws of Lagos State. The
Land Use Charge derives its legitimacy from the Lagos State Land Use Charge Law 2018.
2. WHO IS LIABLE TO PAY THE LAND USE CHARGE?
The responsibility for payment of the Land Use Charge resides primarily with the property owner.
However, there is provision in the law establishing the charge for payment to be made by the
occupier who is then empowered to get reimbursement of the payment made from the property
owner.
3. ARE PROPERTY OWNERS SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR ASSESSMENT OF THEIR
PROPERTY?
Assessment of properties for the purpose of Land Use Charge is free and Property Owners are not
expected to make any payment whatsoever for the service provided by the Lagos State
Government.
4. I OWN AN “EMPTY LAND”, AM I LIABLE TO PAY?
Yes. Since, Land Use Charge includes all land based rates.
5. IS THE AMOUNT DUE NEGOTIABLE?
No, it is not. However, if payment is made within 15days of the delivery of the Demand Notice, a
discount of 15% is applicable.
6. SEVERAL PROPERTIES ARE RECEIVING LAND USE CHARGE BILL FOR THE FIRST
TIME, YET THEY ARE BEING ASKED TO PAY ARREARS. WHAT ARE THEY TO DO
ABOUT IT?
Every Property Owner has a civic responsibility to pay their property tax on an annual basis.
Necessary documents should be provided to prove that this civic responsibility has been
discharged for those years. Otherwise, the Land Use Charge should be paid.
7. SOME PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE PAID TENEMENT RATE FOR THE YEAR (S)
BEFORE RECEIVING LAND USE CHARGE OR VICE VERSA, WHAT HAPPENS IN SUCH
A CASE TO THE LAND USE CHARGE NOTICE?
In a situation whereby the property owner received the Tenement Rate Demand Notice and has
made payment before receiving the Land Use Charge Demand Notice for the first time, the
amount paid should be deducted from the Land Use Charge (if the Land Use Charge is higher thanTenement rate,) then pay the balance. All evidence of payment including payment of
Tenement rate should be forwarded to our office. However, where Land Use Charge Demand
Notice is received before any of the Land Based Rates i.e. Tenement rate, Ground Rent and
Neighborhood Improvement Charges, Land Use Charge should be paid as it covers all these rates
and charges. See Section 35 of the Land Use Charge Law 2018.
8. WHAT DO I DO WITH THE RECEIPT/ TELLER AFTER PAYMENT?
In order to expedite the reconciliation of your payment in our records, we ask that you scan a copy
of the teller and Lagos State Government receipt issued upon payment and send via e-mail to
luc@lagosstate.gov.ng or text the details of payments to our designated hotlines. These details
should include Amount paid, Name of Bank, Date of Payment and Bank Payment Code or Notice
Number.
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9. WHAT HAPPENS TO ANY ARREARS?
Payment is to be made once and in full. However, any amount left unpaid is carried forward to the
next year with its interest compliment.
10. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DISCOUNT/PROVISIONAL PENALTY FEE WHERE THE
NOTICE OF LAND USE CHARGE IS DISPATCHED / RECEIVED LATE DUE TO NO
FAULT OF THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE?
The Property owner should go ahead to pay the discounted amount while claim would be
confirmed with the Proof of Delivery and the account reconciled accordingly.
11. WHY ARE THE SAME TYPE OF PROPERTIES IN THE SAME AREA AND OCCUPYING
THE SAME SIZE OF LAND BEING CHARGED DIFFERENT RATES?
For the purpose of Land Use Charge, properties are assessed individually. For any two similar
properties, the physical appearance, aesthetic features and age will determine the property class
rate (i.e. high, medium, and low) to be adopted in the valuation of the property. Another reason
for charging different rates on any similar properties is the usage and status of occupation. It is
noteworthy that property assessment is classified under 3 broad categories i.e. Commercial,
Industrial/Educational and Residential usages.
Commercial properties generally attract a rate of 0.761% of the assessed Market Value.
Industrial/Educational properties are assessed at a rate of 0.255% of the assessed value.
Assessments of residential properties are categorized under three scenarios which attract different
rates. A property solely occupied by the owner for residential purpose will be charged at a rate of
0.076%, while a similar property occupied by the property owner and tenant(s) or third parties
will be charged at a rate of 0.255%. The third scenario/category is an investment property fully
occupied by tenants or third party (ies) for revenue generation, charged at a rate of 0.761%.
12. CAN I PAY MY LAND USE CHARGE IN INSTALLMENTS?
The Land Use Charge does not provide for instalment payments particularly since 15% discount is
granted for early payment. Any amounts left unpaid are carried over to the next year with its full
interest compliment. However, please note that where underpayments/installment payments have
been made in respect of any property, the property is still in default and would be enforced on
once enforcement activities commence.
13. CAN I PAY TO ANY BANK?
No, you cannot. There is a list of designated banks on the reverse side of your Demand Notice. It
is also important to pay into the correct bank account as payment to wrong accounts invalidates
payment.
14. DO I NEED TO ENGAGE TOUTS TO ASSIST ME WITH MY LAND USE CHARGE
BILL?
There is no reason to engage the services of touts since all our communications channel are open,
as we strive to maintain customer satisfaction.
15. I CANNOT PAY THE PENALTY CHARGES ON THE NOTICE OF DEFAULT SINCE I
DID NOT RECEIVE THE FIRST DEMAND NOTICE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Please register your complaints through any of our customer service channel. However, note that
all claims of non receipt of First Demand Notice will be checked against our Proof of Delivery of
bills.
16. I PAID MY LAND USE CHARGE LAST YEAR BUT THE PAYMENT HAS NOT
REFLECTED IN THIS YEAR’S ASSESSMENT, WHAT DO I DO?
Please pay this year’s assessment and visit our complaint office with proof of last year’s payment
for reconciliation.
17. MY NEIGHBOURS HAVE RECEIVED THEIR LAND USE CHARGE BILL, WHY HAVE I
NOT RECEIVED MINE?
There is no reason why you should not have received your bill. Please forward all request for bills
through our hotlines or e-mail. Bills can be delivered physically to a designated address or sent
via email to a specific email address.
You can equally walk into any of our offices to request for a printed copy of your bill.
18. THE DEMAND NOTICE I RECEIVED IS ADDRESSED TO “PROPERTY OWNER”
SHOULD I PAY THIS BILL?
Kindly register your complaints through our hotlines or e-mail with your appropriate contact
details. The matter will be addressed and an updated bill re-issued.
19. WHO IS A 3RD PARTY?
A 3RD party refers to anyone other than the property owner that resides on the property. This also
includes relatives of the property owner who are of taxable age.
20. WHY HAS MY CHARGE BEEN INCREASED?
The Land Use Charge Law of 2001 was reviewed and subsequently repealed. The Land Use
Charge Law 2018 was enacted which changed the formula for assessment and the market value
was adopted as its basis for assessment.
21. WHY MARKET VALUE WHEN MY PROPERTY IS NOT FOR SALE?
The Market Value is as provided for by the new Law. However, provision for a 40% relief has
been made available for all property owners. The use of Market Value is also to reduce the level
of subjectivity and allow for self-assessment by Property Owners.
22. WHY AT THIS POINT IN TIME? ESPECIALLY WITH THE PRESENT RECESSION IN
THE ECONOMY?
It was implemented at this point in time to reflect the current economic realities. Moreover, the
Law has not been reviewed since 2001 i.e. Property Values have not been reviewed by the
Government since then.
23. HOW DOES THE INCREASE BENEFIT THE PUBLIC?
Land Use Charge payment is benefit driven and it will further enable the State Government to
provide more social amenities and economic infrastructures to the populace. .

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