Yemen, Rep.

Registering Property in

Yemen, Rep.

Below is a detailed summary of the steps, time and cost involved in registering property in Yemen, Rep.. 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: YER 14,758,066.35
  • City: Sanaa
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Parties report the transaction at the notary public’s office

Both seller and buyer shall go to a notary public licensed by the Ministry of Justice. The notary public first verifies the title deed which should be duly certified by the court and registered in the land register. The notary public shall review the agreement with regard to the selling price, way of payment, and location of the real estate. Then they shall specify a date to visit the location of the real estate for inspection.
1 day Charge is paid in Procedure 3
2 Inspection of the land location by the notary public

The notary public shall inspect the location, area, and borders of the land, thus measuring all dimensions. He shall decide whether the title deed is consistent with the physical estate.
5 days no cost
3 Parties return to the Trustee’s office where the notary executes the sale deed

In case the inspection in Procedure 2 is consistent, the notary will prepare the draft sale deed in a special register in his own handwriting. He will note down other documents such as checking the initial building permit if it is a building, electricity bill, water bill, the telephone bill and the municipality ground rent payment certificate – all provided by the seller.

The notary also obtains previous sale deeds if the property in question was purchased from someone in the past. In the draft sale deed he notes down all the previous sale deeds. These are always in the possession of the seller.

Both parties sign and also put their left hand thumb impression, in front of two witnesses. The notary keeps all the documents with him. The parties may take with them witnesses or the witnesses would be provided by the trustee/notary.

The notary then executes a formal deed of sale in his own handwriting on the official form which is purchased from the Ministry of Justice which is kept with the Trustee – usually this form is already available at the notary’s office. At this stage this document bears only the notary’s signature and stamp. A copy of the sale contract is maintained by the notary public together with a copy of the title deed.

The seller either receives the money in front of the notary or admits having received the sale price. The notary charges his fee according to the prescribed fee in the law in respect of registration/ authentication of documents.

1 day 1.5% of property value up to YER 100,000 plus 0.5% of property value for excess over YER 100,000 (Notary fees)
4 Submit the sale deed to the competent court for certification and authentication.

The new owner submits the title deed to the court for certification and authentication of the signature and seal of the notary public after payment of authentication fees. The chairman of the court endorses and transfers the title deed to the documents registration branch in the same court. The registration branch checks the Trustee’s jurisdiction. The sale deed is received for registration by the purchaser who pays the registration fee.

This procedure is not required by law but companies still prefer to certify the sale deed at the court for comfort. Prior to a legal reform in 2002, this procedure was mandated by law.

Agency: Court
3 days 0.25% of property value (Court fees) + 0.0625% of property value (Judiciary Support Fund fees)
5 Stamp the sale deed by the chairman of the court

After paying the registration fee, the purchaser takes back the sale deed to the chairman of the court, who stamps the document.
Agency: Court
2 days Already paid in Procedure 4
6 Apply for the registration at the Survey & Land Registration Authority

The buyer applies to the Survey & Land Registration Authority for registration of the title deed of the land, filling up a certain form enclosing copies of the old and new title deeds along with the C.R. of the Company.

All these documents are submitted to the Legal Department of the Survey & Land Registration Authority. The Registration Department in turn studies the documents to ensure their legal validity. Then all the documents are referred to the Examination Department, Ownership Confirmation Department, and Survey Department for completion of the required procedures.

The Examination Department ensures that there is no objection, dispute, or mortgage against the transfer of title deed.

Then they enter the application with a serial No. and refer it to Ownership Confirmation Department for survey and visit of the location of land to ensure compliance of the borders and area with the new title deed. Then they project it to their cadastral map. The application and the survey are registered in their records and submitted to the Legal Department. The Legal Department writes to the General Director of Survey & Land Registration Authority stating that all the primary procedures have been completed under the law. Then he in turn notifies the concerned party to complete the procedures and registration after payment of duties and taxes.

Duties and taxes are paid at the Financial Affairs Department in the Survey & Land Registration Department. After the payment for the registration, the purchaser's name is recorded in the registry of owners. In the event of non registration, the law requires a fine to be paid for delayed registration. After payment of the duties, Title Deed Confirmation Department shall complete the procedures of registration stating the name of the new owner. All documents of the application are then sent to the Information & Documents Department for archiving.


Agency: General Authority for Lands, Surveying & Urban Planning
4-10 days YER 2,033 (fees for examination of site) + 3% of property value (transfer tax)

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