Property dispute - WATCH
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Maputo municipality intends to reinstate the fee for issuing the of property ownership certificates known as the ‘Certidão Matricial’ (Cadastral Certificate).
The document is frequently requested due to the increasing number of legal actions regarding property, such as succession, donation, sale, trespass and others.
Maputo Municipal Council takes as a basis for the levying of the fee Law No. 1/2008, of January 16, which approves the budgetary and patrimonial financial regime of local authorities and the Municipal Tax Financial System, in conjunction with the Autarchic Tax Code approved by Decree no. 63/2008 of December 30.
This certificate used to be issued at the first and second Tax District offices under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, but, after the decentralization of taxes and fees to municipalities, the municipality intends to start charging for the certificate.
Since issuing was transferred to the municipality, there has not been a charge, and the Maputo Council Finance Department considers that this is not a question so much of introducing a new rate, but of replacing it to cover costs.
A large number of certificates were issued last year, overwhelmingly related to real estate transactions, for which nothing was charged.
Finance Councillor Célia Cumbe said last year alone more than 1,900 applications for the certificates were made, with the municipality bearing all the administrative costs. When there are expenses, she argued, revenues have to be generated to cover them, and this fee, she added, was necessary to continue offering a service that taxpayers demand.Source: Notícias