Deed restrictions is a very important issue to address when building in a well established estate in Nigeria. These restrictions may include items like specification of building types to be build in a particular block (eg. only single family homes may be built in a block, or the servants quarters must be separate, or allowable room sizes and setbacks). All these type of restrictions are obviously a very important thing to consider when you want to build.
If you don’t pay attention to these, you can risk paying penalties on your building project or the city planners or the HOA seal up your property for contravention. I’ve seen some builders and homeowners do this, but I would never risk the N40,000,000 to N50,000,000 required to build some of these projects on getting lucky.
A typical residential estate in Ikota, Lekki have the following requirements on the deed to homeowners:
- The building type or size.
- Allowable setbacks is 9m (front), 3m (on all other sides), and 6m (in between buildings)
- Minimum plot requirement for 2 unit of fully detached duplex is 900 sqm**
- Height restriction is 10m
- Buildable Space is 35% of the plot
So, manage your risk by building something more modest and conforms to given standards.
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