Freehold tenure is a system where owners of land have a deed/ title to their land which allows them to hold the registered land forever and do whatever they want with it, in accordance with the law. They can use, sell, lease, transfer, subdivide, mortgage and give away the land as they see fit.
Land registration regarding freehold is governed by the Registration of Title’s Act (RTA).
Features of Freehold Land Tenure:
- The holder owns a Certificate of Title describing the land.
- There is an unlimited period of ownership.
- Leasehold can be converted to Freehold.
- The landowner has full powers over land and can do anything lawful with the land.
- Freehold tenure cannot be acquired or held by a non-citizen. A non-citizen can only acquire a lease on Freehold tenure.
- The Registration of Titles Act governs transactions on Freehold tenure.