Myanmar

Registering Property in

Myanmar

Below is a detailed summary of the steps, time and cost involved in registering property in Myanmar. It assumes a standardized case of an entrepreneur who wants to purchase land and a building that is already registered and free of title dispute.

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  • Standard Property Transfer

  • Property value: MMK 40,386,792.8
  • City: Yangon
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Request and obtain a land clearance certificate and map at the Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) Land Administration Department
Agency: Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) Land Administration Department

"On a first visit to the YCDC Land Administration Department, it is the responsibility of the land owner (seller) to request two things: a certified copy of the land record and a map specifically produced for property sale which is valid for 1 year. For the land clearance certificate there is a pilot system on the YCDC where it can be requested online, but it is still under development.
1 month 15,225 kyat for plot of land smaller than .25 hectares
2 Request and obtain appraisal from the township Inland Revenue Department
Agency: Township Inland Revenue Department

The buyer will take the certified copy of the land record and the map obtained at the YCDC to the relevant township Inland Revenue Department branch where the property is located. After application, an ‘appraisal committee’ will decide the value of the property according to the location and other considerations. The appraisal committee meets once a week, and once the case has been reviewed the interested parties are informed of the value so that they may proceed to pay the stamp duty upon it.
2-3 weeks no cost (paid in stamp duty)
3 Pay stamp duty at the Township Inland Revenue Department
Agency: Township Inland Revenue Department

The buyer pays the 7% stamp duty on the property value as established by the appraisal committee. In cases where the buyer cannot show the legal origin of the funds, additional fees of around 30% of the established property value will apply in order to ‘legalize’ the money being used for the transaction.
1 day 7% of property value
4 Register new land title at the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
Agency: Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation

After payment of the stamp duty, the buyer visits the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in order to register the new land title.
1 month Low fee, between 1,000 and 6,000 kyat
5 Announce the property transfer in the newspaper
Agency: Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) Land Administration Department

The parties must announce the agreement for property transfer in one of the state newspapers. Anyone with claims to the property or other objections has 2 weeks (officially) to come forward, though usually a month will go by before the final name change can be made in the books.
1 month 10,000 kyat depending on size
6 Change ownership at the YCDC
Agency: Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) Land Administration Department

Once a month has passed after publication in the newspaper without any objections, the name change can be recorded in the books at the YCDC.
1 day 50,000 kyat

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