A bill dispatched this year by the Lagos State Government stated that all landowners are mandated to comply with land use charge law enforced by government.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Dr Mustapha Akinkunmi, who spoke on Monday at a briefing in Lagos, said that landowners who fail to pay the land use charge may be prosecuted and their property seized.
He apologised for the delay in the dispatch of the 2016 bill, stating that tax payers were still entitled to the 15 per cent discounted rate only if payment was made within 15 days of bill delivery, while landlords who paid outside the 15 days of grace, not exceeding 30 calendar days, would pay the actual due amount.
He further instructed that failure to pay the charges from 45th day of the bill delivery will attract penalties which would be, among others, sealing off of property and prosecution of the owner(s).
“Payment of land use charge is a requirement of law. Defaulters will have their property sealed and are liable to be prosecuted in court.
“It is the landlords that are expected to pay the charge. They can have agreements with their tenants, but from the government’s perspective, it is the landlord that the law recognises to pay the charge,”
Akinkunmi further warned residents against patronising importunate touts, adding the state government had automated the system of payment which offer variety of options to ensure safe and easy transactions.
According to the commissioner, who attributed the delay in the distribution of the bills to the need to clean up the data system which were previously in operation, a clearer data system had been put in place.
He said, “The land use charge is totally automated because we have records of all property in the state.”