Land Occupation Conditions Act
- Commenced on 9 November 1900
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Land Occupation Conditions Act [Chapter 20:11].
3. Terms on which occupation condition may be satisfiedSubject to section five, in all cases in which any title deed to land contains a condition requiring occupation the said condition shall be deemed to be satisfied in the cases following—
4. Proportionate dischargeAny work done in excess of the requirements of section three shall be accepted as a discharge of a proportionate part of the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) thereof in respect of any other land not exceeding in extent thirteen thousand hectares held by title deed by the same owner within the same district.
5. Elimination of occupation conditionThe owner of any title deed to land subject to a condition of occupation shall, upon production of a certificate from a district administrator, district officer or other officer nominated by the Surveyor-General that the requirements of section three have been fulfilled, be entitled to obtain the elimination of the occupation condition from the grant.
6. Value of buildings on land sold to countIf the owner of any title deed to land granted under conditions of occupation satisfies the President that he has disposed of any portion thereof not exceeding thirteen hundred hectares in extent to any person approved by the President, and that such person has erected thereon permanent buildings to the value of not less than one thousand dollars, the President may allow the value of such buildings, if completed, in excess of five hundred dollars to be taken into account for the purpose of, or towards, deletion of the condition of occupation in respect of any equal extent of adjoining land belonging to such owner.
7. Abandonment of landIt shall be competent for any holder of a title deed to land under condition of occupation at any time by notice to the Surveyor-General to abandon the whole or any portion of his land, whereupon his further liability in respect of such land or portion thereof shall cease.
8. Certificate of exemption
9. Unprotected land may be declared derelictIf any holder of a title deed to land under condition of occupation fails between the 1st January in any year and the 1st January in the next succeeding year to occupy such land in accordance with section two, or to take out a certificate of exemption for such period, such land shall be considered derelict, and after a notice issued by the Minister in the Gazette for a period of six months, shall revert to the State.
10. Issue of title deeds under section 5As often as in pursuance of the provisions contained in section five it is necessary or expedient to issue to the owner of any land a title deed in the manner or form by the said section authorized, then, upon the issue thereof, all existing title deeds or deeds of transfer of the same land possessed by the said owner shall thereupon become cancelled, void and of no effect:Provided that—
11. Land to which Act shall not applyNothing in the foregoing provisions of this Act contained shall be taken to apply to stands in townships or to plots of land elsewhere containing not more than one hundred and seventy hectares.
12. Change of from of title by mutual consentAs often as by mutual consent of the owner of any land and the President it becomes necessary to make or effect any change in the form of the title deed to any land held under grant from the State or the Crown if such grant was made before 2nd March, 1970, such change may be effected by the surrender by the owner of the then existing title deed and subsequent deeds of transfer, if any, and the issue of a new title deed to such owner to take the place of such as is surrendered:Provided that if such land has been hypothecated the written consent of the holder of the mortgage bond shall be produced for the substitution of the new form of grant in the place of that surrendered.
13. Entries in books of Registrar of Deeds and its effect
14. Stamps and fees
History of this document
09 November 1900