Fake Title Deeds On The Increase

The Office of the Chief Registrar of Deeds in the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs has expressed concern over fake title deeds and the swindling of unsuspecting home seekers.

Ailse Properties Managing Director, Andrew Chifamba, told Radio VOP that potential buyers should always deal with registered estate agents.

The Estate Agents Council of Zimbabwe has warned against blindly purchasing properties without verifying the authenticity of the documents.

The Chief Registrar of Deeds Office has also advised immovable property buyers to first verify the authenticity of the sales and the documents involved before making any payments.

CID spokesperson, Detective Inspector Augustine Zimbili, said the advent of technology had made verification of documents difficult as it was not easy to tell fake title deeds from genuine ones.