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Title:Aliens and real property in Liberia
Author:Parnall, Th.
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:land law
legal status
Abstract:Unlike other West African countries Liberia has consistently taken the position-set forth in the Constitution - that aliens should be absolutely prevented from owning real property within its borders. Nevertheless aliens have been permitted to hold interests in Liberian real estate which are less than absolute fee simple titles. The article describes these interests, and other related rights; from this description it is also apparent that the absolute prohibition of ownership of land is inadequate as a contemporary means of controlling domestic land use by aliens. Parts of the article: 1. Permitted interests: a. Ownership in fee simple; b. Leasehold interests (Leases from private citizens; Leases from the Government; The Realty Lease Tax); c. Concession agreements and land use; d. Mortgagee - 2. Aliens' rights under 'void' instruments: a. Estoppel and questions of standing; b. Judicial reformation of the void instrument - 3. The 'alien' corporation: a. Jurisdiction of incorporation; b. Percentage of ownership by aliens; c. Other forms of alien control - 4. Conclusion.