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    NATIONAL ESTATE SECTION CHECKLIST

    1. Lease Application / Permission to Survey

    • Recommendation from Area Representative
    • $5 Postage Stamp
    • Copy of Social Security Card and proof of Nationality
    • Completed form for Application to Rent or Lease National Lands
    • Information Sheet Completed
    • Triplicate Lease/Sublease Forms Completed
    • Sketch of Land including Plan/Entry No.

    2. Renewal of Lease

    • Recommendation from Area Representative
    • Rent Statement showing zero balance
    • $5 Postage Stamp
    • Copy of Social Security Card and proof of Nationality
    • Lease Application Completed (Renewal)
    • Information Sheet Completed
    • Triplicate Lease/Sublease Forms Completed

    3. Lease Fiat (Unregistered Areas)

    • Valid Lease Approval
    • Rent Statement showing a zero balance( stamp duty and rentals paid up to date)
    • Sketch of Land including Plan/Entry No.

    4. Lease Certificate (Registered Areas)

    • Valid Lease Approval (should have a Parcel Number)
    • Rent Statement showing a zero balance( $15 Registration fee and/or $15 Cost of Certificate Fee and rentals paid up to date)
    • Triplicate Lease/Sublease Forms Completed

    5. Variation of Leases (Extension of Lease Certificate before expiration)

    • Valid Lease
    • Lease must be Registered –  Lease Certificate
    • Duplicate Variation Forms Completed
    • $15 Registration Fee and/or $15 Cost of Certificate Fee

    Note: This applies in cases where an applicant has a Lease Certificate that will soon expire and is seeking permission to mortgage from a lending institution.

    6. Extension of Registered Leases in (Unregistered Areas) – Lease Fiat

    • Valid Lease
    • Lessee/Lending Institution  requests extension of Lease Fiat in writing
    • Rent statement showing a zero balance on rent

    Note: This applies in cases where an applicant has a Lease Fiat that will soon expire and is seeking permission to mortgage from a lending institution

    7. Transfer of Lease Approval/Inter-vivos

    • Valid Lease
    • Land Developed
    • Rent statement showing zero balance on rent
    • Completed Transfer of Lease Form (signed by transferor and transferee)and  witnessed by a Justice of the Peace
    • Completed Information Sheet by Transferee
    • Copy of Social Security Card and proof of Nationality of Transferee
    • Transfer Fee Payment (after approval granted

    8. Transfer of Registered Lease/Inter-vivos

    • Valid Lease Certificate
    • Land Developed
    • Rent statement showing Zero Balance
    • Surrender Lease Certificate and Fill out triplicate Surrender of Lease Forms(witnessed by Justice of the Peace)
    • Triplicate Transfer of Lease Forms (Registered Land Forms) witnessed by Justice of the Peace
    • Completed Transfer of Lease Form (signed by transferor and transferee)and  witnessed by a Justice of the Peace
    • Completed Information Sheet by Transferee
    • Copy of Social Security Card and proof of Nationality of Transferee
    • Transfer Fee Payment (after approval granted)
    • $15.00 Registration Fee and $15.00 Transfer Fee (after approval granted)

    Note: In the case whereby a Lease Certificate is mortgaged to a Lending Institution it is required that the applicant present the Lands Department with a letter of Consent from the institution before transfer is entertained

    9. Transfer of Lease Fiat

    • Valid Lease Fiat
    • Land Developed
    • Rent Statement showing Zero Balance
    • Completed Transfer of Lease Form (signed by transferor and transferee)and  witnessed by a Justice of the Peace
    • Completed Information Sheet by Transferee
    • Copy of Social Security Card and proof of Nationality of Transferee
    • Provide a Mortgage Declaration

    Note: In the case whereby a Lease Fiat is mortgaged to a Lending Institution it is required that the applicant provide the Lands Department with a Deed of Assignment to transfer the land

    10. Lease/Completion of Sale by Virtue of Section 14 of National Lands Act ( lessee/purchaser died intestate – without leaving a will)

    • Applicant to present Original Death Certificate
    • Declaration Form/Affidavits swearing that deceased lessee did not leave a will, reason why applicant has the best claim to leased land, list of names and addresses of all persons who have survived the deceased
    • Declaration Forms and Birth Certificates  from surviving children/relatives who support the applicant’s claim
    • Marriage Certificate – in the case applicant is a spouse making claim
    • Birth Certificate – in the case applicants are children making claim
    • Publish “Notice of Intention to issue a Grant or Lease under Section 14 “ in the Government Gazette in two consecutive issues (this is given to applicant by the National Estate Section- Belmopan Office)
    • Need to pay an administrative fee and a second publication fee of $150.00 to the Government of Belize
    • Provide National Estate Section with copies of receipts of two Gazette publications

    11. Permission to Mortgage

    • Valid Lease Certificate/Lease Fiat
    • Rent Statement showing Zero Balance
    • Letter from Lending Institution requesting permission to mortgage from the Lands Department

    12. Purchase Application

    • Land must be developed
    • Land must be surveyed
    • $10 Postage Stamp
    • Copy of Social Security Card and proof of Nationality
    • Completed form of Application for a Grant of National Land (Section 13)

    Note: In the case that the land is mortgaged to a lending institution by virtue of a Lease Certificate or Lease Fiat consent is required to purchase the land by the institution.

    13. Application for Land Certificate (Registered Areas)

    • Statement showing full purchase price paid and registry fees paid ($15.00 Registration Fee and $15.00 Cost of Certificate)
    • Duplicate Transfer of Land Forms filled out witnessed by Justice of the Peace
    • Surrender of Lease Certificate
    • Triplicate Surrender of Lease forms signed by applicant and witnessed by Justice of the Peace
    • Completed  Termination of Lease Forms in the case a Lease Certificate has expired

    14. Grant Fiat

    • Statement showing full purchase price paid
    • Copy of Id Card showing correct name of applicant

    15. Application for First Registration (convert Lease Fiat to a Registered Lease)

    • Rent Statement showing Zero Balance
    • Triplicate Transfer of Lease Forms (Registered Land Forms) witnessed by Justice of the Peace
    • Pay $15.00 Registration Fee and/or $15.00 Cost of Certificate Fee